Hmm … City of Davis definition of microorganism needs work

From City of Davis Guide to Composting

MICROORGANISM microscopic plants and animals.They exist in soil for the purpose of breaking down organic matter into basic mineral elements.They include bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, algae, protozoa, yeast, germs, ground pearls, and nematodes.

Gonna have to get them to work on this …

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

2 thoughts on “Hmm … City of Davis definition of microorganism needs work”

  1. Obviously wrong from the perspective of what they wanted to say, but it brings up an interesting point: Are microscopic multicellular organisms (including *actual* microscopic plants and animals) microorganisms? Or do they have to be both microscopic and unicellular?


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