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After reading this chapter you should be able to:
  • discuss the importance of this diverse group of organisms
  • describe the diverse life styles and metabolism of members of this group of organisms
  • discuss the complex structures (prosthecae, stalks, buds, sheaths, or complex fruiting bodies produced by some members of this group
  • discuss the ecological impact by chemolithotrophic bacteria
  • discuss the dependence of parasitic bacteria, such as Bdellovibrio and the rickettsia, on their hosts for energy and/or cell constituents

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