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Microbial metabolism



To have some references and good information for the plethora of microbe processes. On Wikipedia it is defined as:

** Microbial metabolism** is the means by which a microbe obtains the energy and nutrients - e.g. carbon - it needs to live and reproduce. Microbes use many different types of metabolic strategies and species can often be differentiated from each other based on metabolic characteristics. The specific metabolic properties of a microbe are the major factors in determining that microbe’s ecological niche, and often allow for that microbe to be useful in industrial processes or responsible for bio-geochemical cycles.

Here is a table from Earth Systems Proceses and Issues showing the major reduction and oxidation (redox) for the elements needed for life and inside parentheses an example of element:

H | | Methanogenesis | Denitrification | |