"I like to say that microorganisms are like little engineers," Nichols said. "They build out these systems and engineer the environment to be beneficial for the plants so that the plants will feed them in turn."
"Microorganisms are like any other organism. They eat, they breathe, they reproduce, they excrete. If you want to grow microorganisms, you need to provide an environment in which they can perform all those activities."
-they need a balanced diet...
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