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Protista of Note

  • Green algae grows in masses that form slick, green scum on pond surfaces. Its ancestors from 500 million years ago probably gave rise to today's multicellular plants.
  • Plasmodium vivax, the parasite that causes malaria, lives part of its life cycle in mosquitoes and the other part in human hosts where it infects and ruptures blood cells in large numbers.
  • Phytophthora infestans is the water mold responsible for the Great Potato Famine that killed nearly a million people in Ireland in 1846–1847.

 

 

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