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How would you interpret the following statement? BTW, The phrase "Each
microorganism" refers to already chosen two microorganism, one is a
pathogenic and the other is not pathogenic.


" Discuss the differences and similarities in the role that each
microorganism fulfills in their ecological niche."



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On Dec 22, 4:37*am, Manda Ruby > wrote:
> How would you interpret the following statement? BTW, The phrase "Each
> microorganism" refers to already chosen two microorganism, one is a
> pathogenic and the other is not pathogenic.
>
> " Discuss the differences and similarities in the role that each
> microorganism fulfills in their ecological niche."


I thought you were a chemistry whiz - why can't you write the answer
yourself?

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On Dec 22, 4:37 am, Manda Ruby > wrote:
> How would you interpret the following statement? BTW, The phrase "Each
> microorganism" refers to already chosen two microorganism, one is a
> pathogenic and the other is not pathogenic.
>
> " Discuss the differences and similarities in the role that each
> microorganism fulfills in their ecological niche."


>I thought you were a chemistry whiz - why can't you write the answer
>yourself?


Because it's a biology question that a middle-school student could answer.


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"Nancy2" schrieb :
> Manda Ruby wrote:
>> How would you interpret the following statement? BTW, The phrase "Each
>> microorganism" refers to already chosen two microorganism, one is a
>> pathogenic and the other is not pathogenic.

>
>> " Discuss the differences and similarities in the role that each
>> microorganism fulfills in their ecological niche."


> I thought you were a chemistry whiz - why can't you write the answer
> yourself?



Nothing to do with Chemistry. It's the English which troubles her.
Since it's nearly Christmas, I'll rephrase the question :
"There is MO A and MO B. Both have found ecological niches
and adopted broadly similar strategies. Point out the similarities
and differences of their strategies."

Cheers,

Michael Kuettner


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Manda Ruby > wrote:

>How would you interpret the following statement? BTW, The phrase "Each
>microorganism" refers to already chosen two microorganism, one is a
>pathogenic and the other is not pathogenic.


>"Discuss the differences and similarities in the role that each
>microorganism fulfills in their ecological niche."


The questioner might have a couple of different things in mind,
and it's not clear from what you've posted what they're thinking.
The simplest answer would be just to compare the organisms' respiration
and metabolism -- e.g. are they anaerobic or aerobic, are they
fermenting sugar, are they photosynthesizing, etc. That would
be my immediate interpretation of the question.

The more complex answer would be a sort of macro description of
how the organisms affect other organisms in the environment over
time -- which species they feed on, which feed on them, what happens
to populations of species over time, or what effects there are
on water, air, and mineral environments. If the questioner is known
for issuing essay questions with lots of conclusions being drawn
this is perhaps what they are looking for.

Steve
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