Col. SEM of yeast cells & ciliates in compost heap

Col. SEM of yeast cells & ciliates in compost heap

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Caption: Compost microorganisms. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of yeast cells and ciliates in a compost heap. Compost is made by stacking garden waste and vegetable trimmings into a heap. The heap is degraded by various saprophytic organisms and the resulting brown, crumbly compost is used to enrich the soil. Here, budding yeast cells (green, top) are seen beside a single sedentary Vorticella ciliate (orange). Below are two predatory suctorian ciliates (blue). Their long cilia (thin) adhere to prey and are then used, straw-like, to suck out the prey's body contents. The background (brown) is composed of numerous bacteria. Magnification: x550 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bacteria, ciliate, compost, compost heap, fauna and flora, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, protozoa, protozoan, suctoria, type, vorticella, wildlife, yeast, zoology

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