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Relating to a microbe or to microbes.
Synonym(s): microbic, microbiotic (2)
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Of or involving or caused by or being microbes.
See also: microbe
Synonym(s): microbial.
[Fr., fr. G. micros, small, + bios, life]
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(mī′krōb″) [ micro- + Gr. bios, life]
A unicellular or small multicellular organism including bacteria, protozoa, some algae and fungi, viruses, and some worms, esp. those that are injurious to other organisms.
microbialmicrobic (mī-krō′bē-ăl) (mī-krōb′ĭk), adjective
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Thus, the nitrogen content of microbially assimilated carbon may actually have been lower for birch than for spruce soil (see fitted nitrogen to carbon ratio of substrate [f.sub.s] in Table 4).
Nevertheless, because some caching rodent species are known to deal regularly with microbially infected foods, those rodents also may be better able to minimize the risks involved in consuming such foods.
According to ABC Science, the fossils, which include stromatolites, microbially induced sediment structures and biomarkers, the molecules created when oxygen is made, were well preserved.
from products made microbially to products made in cell culture."
When asked about the source of L-cysteine in several of Domino's Pizza products, the company told us that L-cysteine is "microbially derived" in its Hand-Tossed Crust and informed us that the L-cysteine in Domino's Breadsticks, Cheesy Bread, and Cinna Stix[R] is "vegetable-derived." The public relations firm for Morningstar Farms told us that the L-cysteine in their Veggie Bites Country Scramble, Veggie Bites Spinach Artichoke, and Veggie Bites Eggs Florentine was a "microbial fermentation product."
Their research suggests that bioindicators, such as flexible, food-grade plastic pouches, can be used to validate microbially the commercial sterilization of aseptic processing of foods using a continuous-flow microwave system.
Based on the myriad discoveries of microbially produced drugs useful as antibiotics, immune-suppressive agents, and anticancer compounds from terrestrial sources, the marine and freshwater environment--especially the deep-sea sediments and hydrothermal vents--should provide for unusual small and macromolecules with unique and exploitable functions.
Our studies also showed that La had similar inhibitory effects on soil dehydrogenase activity and C[O.sub.2] evolution in soil, indicating that REEs can produce harmful effects to the soil microbial community and microbially mediated soil function.
We would assume that when you spray dry materials, the flavor is trapped in the powder, which is traditionally stable microbially. However, scientists noted that cheese powder loses a lot of its flavor in a short period of time.
"For years, GTI researchers have been working to develop very accurate genetic-based quantification methods such as qPCR (quantitative polymerase chain reaction) to address the challenges of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC)," said Kristine Wiley, senior scientist in the infrastructure sector of GTI.
Among the microbially influenced conditions are obesity and kidney stones.

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