The importance of bacteria
Bacteria are the oldest and most widespread form of life known. They are everywhere: in the air, water, land, animals and plants. They accompany us wherever we are and even millions of them inhabit our bodies. The importance of bacteria on our planet is essential for it to continue to have life. If they did not exist, the beings of our planet would never have developed to name a few.
Its combination with chemical elements and other types of substances are what manage to balance many aspects of ecology, such as that related to the waters of rivers and seas, as well as the creation of all kinds of chemical elements, etc. You have to think that in most of the reactions that occur in nature, bacteria are essential for them.
For the human being they are also essential. Millions of bacteria inhabit our skin with which our body interacts in many ways. On the one hand, they prevent other bacteria, which can be harmful to our body, from inhabiting it. Likewise, it cleanses our body of many elements that we expel through the pores of the skin, such as sweat, etc. They also take care of dead skin that we are gradually renewing.
Bacteria, naturally, are also key for the creation of medicines for humans, food and many other utilities that, on many occasions, we would be unable to recognize with the naked eye. In the growth of plants, either naturally or through cultivation in agriculture, the work carried out by bacteria both in soil is very important, since thanks to their work the lands can be more or less rich and more or less abundant in all kinds of chemicals and minerals.
Bacteria have been present long before any other life inhabited the planet and will continue to be there without man ever disappearing from the earth. Existence is not conceivable without them and, at the same time, although we know a lot about them, what we do not know is much more than what we can come to know.
As they are so tiny, they cannot be seen with the naked eye, but their inexhaustible activity means that we can indicate their presence. There are bacteria that can be dangerous: tetanus, wound infection, tooth decay, in short, all of these are the product of bacteria.
Bacteria are generally a thousand times smaller than animal cells, and we can only observe them well using electron microscopes. They have a great importance in nature, as they are present in the natural cycles of nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus and many elements in nature. They can also transform organic into inorganic substances and vice versa.
They are also very important in fermentations, used by industry and in the production of antibiotics. In addition, they play an important factor in the destruction of dead plants and animals. How interesting, right?
Indeed, life on our planet would not exist without bacteria, which allow many of the essential functions of ecosystems. A typical sized bacterium is so small that it is completely invisible to the eye.
Bacteria can help us take care of the environment in many different ways. From the production of alternative energies that sometimes even allow us to get rid of our waste to, for example, cleaning contaminated environments as a result of environmental catastrophes.
Scientific findings are shocking on many occasions, but above all they put us on the trail of the amazing discoveries that surely the future holds.