Microbes connect all living and nonliving things on Earth
This book is a summary of “Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You,” by Eugenia Bone.
New discoveries about how microbes affect our lives occur every day, but it seems to require an advanced degree in biology to understand how they impact us. Journalist Eugenia Bone returned to college in her fifties to help make sense of these creatures. What she learned is that microbes connect to all living things. They also connect nonliving things to living things. They maintain the balance of chemicals on the planet and convert carbon dioxide into food that travels up the food chain. Inside our cells are the remnants of ancient bacteria called mitochondria that convert the oxygen we breathe into energy.
In Microbia, Bone chronicles what she learned in her year of studying biology. It begins with the origin of life and how microbes affect the atmosphere and soil, connecting nonliving things to living things. She explores how microbes influence the evolution of all living things and why plants and animals evolve with their microbes.
Read this primer to understand the entwined worlds of microbes and the rest of life on Earth.
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