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Introduction to Bacteria 2 TYPES OF BACTERIA: Bacteria

-Get food from an outside source Blue-green Bacteria

-Make their own food

BACTERIA Bacteria - small one celled monerans Bacteria like a warm, dark, and moist environment They are found almost everywhere:



-on most objects

-inside the body


3 Shapes of Bacteria Bacteria are classified by shape into 3 groups: Spiral: spirilla rod-shaped: bacilli, bacillus Round: cocci

3 Shapes of Bacteria

Bacillus anthracis

Neisseria meningitidis

Leptospira interrogans

7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Capsule

Cell wall



7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Capsule keeps the cell from drying out and helps it stick to food or other cells

7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Cell wall Thick outer covering that maintains the overall shape of the bacterial cell

7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Ribosomes cell part where proteins are made Ribosomes give the cytoplasm of bacteria a granular appearance in electron micrographs

7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Nucleoid a ring made up of DNA


7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Flagella a whip-like tail that some bacteria have for locomotion


7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Amimation of E.coli


7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell

hollow hair-like structures made of protein allows bacteria to attach to other cells.

Pilli-singular Pillus-plural


7 Major Structures of a Bacteria Cell Cytoplasm clear jelly-like material that makes up most of the cell


Reproduction of Bacteria
Binary Fission- the process of one organism dividing into two organisms
Fission is a type of asexual reproduction

Asexual reproduction- reproduction of a living thing from only one parent How?... The one main (circular) chromosome makes a copy of itself Then it divides into two


Reproduction of Bacteria


Bacteria dividing


Reproduction of Bacteria The time of reproduction depends on how desirable the conditions are Bacteria can rapidly reproduce themselves in warm, dark, and moist conditions Some can reproduce every 20 minutes (one bacteria could be an ancestor to

one million bacteria in six hours)


Bacterial Cell & Nucleiod DNA Ring DNA replication Cell wall synthesis

Cell separation

Bacteria Survival Endosporea thick celled structure that forms inside the cell they are the major cause of food poisoning allows the bacteria to survive for many years they can withstand boiling, freezing, and extremely dry conditions it encloses all the nuclear materials and some cytoplasm


Bacteria Survival

Bacillus subtilis Endospore-the black section in the middle

highly resistant structures
can withstand radiation, UV light, and 20 boiling at 120oC for 15 minutes.

Bacteria Survival Food sources parasites bacteria that feed on living things saprophytes use dead materials for food (exclusively) decomposers get food from breaking down dead matter into simple chemicals important- because they send minerals and other materials back into the soil so 21 other organisms can use them

Harmful Bacteria some bacteria cause diseases Animals can pass diseases to humans Communicable Disease Disease passed from one organism to another
This can happen in several ways: Air Touching clothing, food, silverware, or toothbrush Drinking water that contains bacteria

Harmful Bacteria

Human tooth with accumulation of bacterial plaque (smooth areas) and calcified tartar 23 (rough areas)

Helpful Bacteria Decomposers help recycle nutrients into the soil for other organisms to grow Bacteria grow in the stomach of a cow to break down grass and hay Most are used to make antibiotics Some bacteria help make insulin Used to make industrial chemicals

Helpful Bacteria

E.coli on small intestines


Helpful Bacteria Used to treat sewage

Organic waste is consumed by the bacteria, used as nutrients by the bacteria, and is no longer present to produce odors, sludge, pollution, or unsightly mess.

foods like yogurt, cottage & Swiss cheese, sour cream, buttermilk are made from bacteria that grows in milk


Controlling Bacteria 3 ways to control bacteria: 1) Canning- the process of sealing food in airtight cans or jars after killing bacteria endospores are killed during this process

2) Pasteurization- process of heating milk to kill harmful bacteria 3) Dehydration- removing water from food Bacteria cant grow when H2O is removed example: uncooked noodles & cold cereal 27

Controlling Bacteria Antiseptic vs. Disinfectants Antiseptic- chemicals that kill bacteria on living things means against infection Examples: iodine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, soap, mouthwash Disinfectants- stronger chemicals that destroy bacteria on objects or nonliving things