By: Janet Grischy
Bacteriology is the subdivision of microbiology that deals with the identification, classification, and characterization of bacteria. It also finds ways to make efficient use of bacteria in industry and medicine, to fight bacteria that are dangerous to human life or property, and to gather pure...
A look at algae's symbiotic relationships
By: Keith Hamburger
Symbiosis is a mutually beneficial relationship between two organisms that are completely unrelated. There are numerous examples of symbiosis in nature and many of them involve unicellular plants, called algae, living in cooperation with a wide variety of animals and fungi. Most organisms that rely...
A brief introduction to virology
By: Thomas A. Bradley
A Brief Introduction to Virology Part IViruses are, by far, among the most difficult organisms on the planet to deal with. They are not truly living things. They do not carry out their own metabolism, nor do they reproduce on their own. They require a...
A look at bacteriology
By: Keith Hamburger
Bacteriology is a specialization of microbiology concerned with the study of bacteria and their actions and relationships. Having impacts in medicine, agriculture, food production and preservation and much, much more, this field of study has become important in our understanding of the world around us...
By: Janet Grischy
Nearly everyone has seen mushrooms poking their frilled caps up through the litter in a forest, and probably many have assumed they were plants. They are not; they are the fruiting bodies of a fungus, and their sole purpose is to produce and distribute spores...
Fungal dispersal mechanisms
By: Megan Worley
Fungi, like most plants, are immobile and so to reach any new habitat they must either grow into new areas, often too costly a method, or find a way to disperse seeds so that they can find their way into new hospitable environments.Although fungal...
A look at microbial physiology
By: Keith Hamburger
Microbial physiology is a broad ranging subject covering the study of the cell structure, function, growth and metabolism of single cell organisms. Major applications of the subject include medicine, agriculture and food sciences.Microbes are organisms that are microscopic, too small to be seen by...
A look at microbial physiology
By: Janet Grischy
Microbial physiology is the study of the function and biology of microbes. All physiology is the study of living organisms and their parts, so the microbial variation investigates the relationship of structure and function in microorganisms like bacteria. The metabolism of microbes and their growth...
The history of microbiology
By: Megan Worley
Although the actual study of microbiology did not officially begin until the mid 1800's people, unofficially, recognized that some small entity caused diseases and acted accordingly.Microbiology in Ancient TimesPeople living in ancient times recognized the diseases were spread through contact with other people. Examples...
The role of microorganisms in earth's evolution
By: Anne StClair
Microorganisms are tiny single-celled organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi. They are the simplest and yet the most diverse creatures on earth, and have been present for longer than any of the more complex plants and animals that have evolved from them. Their presence...

 

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