This was a very interesting find in my news browsing today. We all know where we will commonly find methane being produced (not that we can see a gas trail in the air coming from a cow field), but did you know our microbe friends could play part in the production of methane as well?
Microbes are beautiful. I am not much of an expert on protozoa but I've seen a lot of these little guys under the microscope in soil samples. Protozoa are single celled but eukaryotic microbes, which basically means they are distinguished from other single celled microbes by their complex internal structure and generally larger size. Protozoa are an important indicator of soil fertility and, by consuming smaller bacteria and excreting nutrients, play an important role in delivering nutrients to plant roots in a complex process known as the microbial loop.