How to identify, understand, and communicate about microbes in your environment
Posted On August 7, 2021
I’m a petrochemical chemist working at a major US chemical company, and I am often asked what I do for a living.
For the past six months, I’ve been looking at microbial ecology in the wild, and trying to identify what I know about them.
What do they do?
How do they interact with their environments?
What is their role in society?
The answers to these questions will help us understand our microbes in our environment and the world around us.
And these answers may be the key to understanding and protecting our environment from the worst effects of climate change.
The first question is what do they eat?
For most organisms, it’s a simple matter of diet.
But microbes have evolved to be omnivores, and the way they eat, the kind of food they consume, and how much they digest it all has an impact on how much biomass they produce.
These microbial biota have evolved specialized organs and structures that help them digest their diet.
In order to better understand what they do, we need to understand how their guts work.
How does their gut function?
They have their own internal energy, which we can measure using x-rays.
This energy is used to digest their food, and it’s called lipids, which is the name for the sugars and fats they absorb from their food.
Lipids are important for their own survival and growth.
We can also measure the energy used to absorb the lipids that our body makes and use to metabolize them.
Liver enzymes in our gut help us absorb the fat, which allows us to absorb sugars and other nutrients from our food.
So in addition to the energy and the sugars that are absorbed, our gut also produces a lot of lipids to digest our food, too.
In a recent article in the journal Nature , scientists used x-ray diffraction technology to look at the chemistry of the guts of a large number of microbes, and found that the gut has a very specific set of structures.
These structures are called luminal plexins, and they’re made of an unusual, chemically unique polymer called pyridoxine.
This polymer is called an hydrophobic polymer, and is very hard to break down.
It’s hard to make hydrophobic polymers, so they have to be created chemically, which means that the microbes in the lab have to grow their own polymer.
As a result, the bacteria in the gut must be able to synthesize a new type of polymer for themselves.
This polymer is produced by enzymes in the microbes’ bodies.
We call this new polymer pyridine, because it’s not made from carbon dioxide, but from a different chemical.
The bacteria can produce the polymer at the rate of about one gram per minute, which corresponds to about 10 billion molecules per minute.
When they need to produce more, they need an enzyme called a sulfate decarboxylase, which converts it to a more stable, more stable version called pyrimidine sulfate, or PSS.
Pyrimidine is a good starting point for understanding the gut microbiome, because a lot can be explained by the production of PSS in the stomach.
However, PSS can be broken down into many different molecules, and this process is important for understanding what is happening in the guts.
A typical gut microbiome contains about a thousand different microbes, with about 20 of them being members of the group called the Enterobacteriaceae, or E. coli, which are important in digestion.
The other 60 are different bacteria called Lactobacilli, which help in digestion of lactose, sugar, and fats.
To understand the different members of this microbiome, we used a computer model to calculate the total amount of PPS produced in the bacteria as well as their activity.
Each bacteria has about 300 trillion PPS in it.
Since the bacteria use the enzymes PSS to convert their cellulose to sugar and fat, the amount of sugars and fat produced by each of these bacteria must be about the same.
That’s how we can tell if a particular bacterial community has a particular metabolic signature.
What does that mean for the environment?
The microbial community that has a metabolic signature that helps it digest its food, for example, is a very important part of the environment.
A typical bacteria is a complex mixture of metabolic components.
It’s made up of enzymes that break down sugars and fatty acids in the environment and use them to produce energy.
In other words, the microbiome is a system that regulates our energy balance.
Bacteria can use the energy of other microbes, too, such as bacteria that live in the intestines of mammals and can produce