Phytoplankton ©Rick Cavicchioli

They do good – and yet they are much better known for their negative effects: microbes. As soon as people realize that they might be present somewhere, excessive caution takes hold. Yet we would be wise to let these tiny single-celled organisms do their work more often than we may like to imagine. After all, they are the ones who made our life on Earth possible in the first place. As the entire evolution of life dates back to microorganisms. They have been shaping the earth for over 3.8 billion years. In the end, they were the ones who created the basis of life for multiple cell organisms. Ultimately for humans as well.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.