RLO: Prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Prokaryotes: examples

There are many types of bacteria. Some are directly beneficial to us, as they help our digestive systems to function effectively. Some play fundamental roles in global ecosystems, such as decomposition and nutrient recycling.

But some can be very harmful and cause disease. These are termed pathogenic bacteria, such as: Bacillus anthracis, which causes Anthrax; Vibrio cholorae, which causes Cholera; and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes Tuberculosis.


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© 2009 University of Nottingham

The production of this learning object was funded by the Eduserv Foundation

Developer: Liz Hilton

Content author: Leanne Williams, Castle College

RLO released: 26 January 2009

Page last updated: 29 March, 2021