About microscopic forms of life, including Bacteria, Archea, protozoans, algae and fungi. Topics relating to viruses, viroids and prions also belong here.
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hey whats up!!!!! i only joined this website because i'v never been good at science and i never will be and i looked everywhere and i can find a straight answer from anywhere but here it is " how quickly can bactteria reproduce?" and "why are bacteria so successful"
The reason that you can't find a straight answer is because there isn't a single answer to those questions. Bacteria can reproduce quickly, but different kinds can reproduce at different rates. Bacteria are successful for a number of reasons, but I'd say that one of the best ones is that they reproduce quickly in general and mutate frequently, so they can quickly overcome various environmental stresses.
Bacteria reproduction is chiefly by binary fission, cell division yielding identical daughter cells. Some bacteria reproduce by budding or fragmentation. Despite the fact that these processes should produce identical generations, the rapid rate of mutation possible in bacteria makes them very adaptable.
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