Topic 1(minimum 400 words)
This posting will describe the structural characteristics of your microbe. Aspects to include:
State the size of your microbe.
Describe the structure of your microbe:
If a bacterium or archaeon, describe the cell wall, outer layer if applicable, and any other structures present (flagella, pili etc.).
If a virus, what nucleic acid they present, what is the shape of the capsid, and if it has an envelope.
If a eukaryote, describe shape, cellular characteristics, any special structures, unusual nuclei etc.
Chemical composition if relevant: your microbe may have a special coating of some kind, or present molecules that add resistance to its structure. Mention them briefly if this is the case.
State if your microbe is auto/hetero/chemo/phototroph (and if it can change, explain).
Explain with your own words and in more details, what the above means for your microbe (= what does it “eat” for energy and carbon).
Topic 2: (Minimum 250 words)
A specific positive statement about the posting’s content.
Topic 3: (Minimum 250 words)
A question or additional information on original posting