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Characteristics of Microorganisms in Microbiology
October 5, 2017

Characteristics of Microorganisms in Microbiology

Microorganisms are the smallest organisms on Earth. In fact, the term microorganism literally means microscopic organism. Microorganisms may be composed of prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells, and they may be single-celled or multicellular. Examples of microorganisms include algae, fungi, protozoa, bacteria and viruses. Microorganisms play many unique and complex…

What is Microbes and Diseases?
September 5, 2017

What is Microbes and Diseases?

Microbial diseases are sicknesses or ailments that are caused in animals and humans by the introduction of one of four different types of microbes. Microbes are all but invisible, only seen through the use of a powerful microscope, yet are capable of causing any host they come into contact with an extensive amount of suffering if the host isn’t resilient to the…

Microbe Examples
August 15, 2017

Microbe Examples

Biological Safety Levels (BSL) are a series of protections relegated to autoclave-related activities that take place in particular biological labs. They are individual safeguards designed to protect laboratory personnel, as well as the surrounding environment and community. These levels, which are ranked from one to four, are selected based on the agents or organisms…

What does Microbes mean?
October 3, 2016

What does Microbes mean?

Microbes are tiny organisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae that interact with plants, animals and soil. They’re so widespread that a single gram of soil contains around 10 billion bacteria, 10 million fungi and one billion viruses. Yet we’re only just beginning to understand what microbes do, how they impact the environment, and how they can be developed as…

Different Microbes
April 6, 2015

Different Microbes

As the human species evolved over the last six million years, our resident microbes did the same, adapting to vastly different conditions on our skin and in our mouths, noses, genitalia and guts. A team of Duke University scientists has tracked how this microbial evolution unfolded, using mathematical tools originally developed for geologists. The scientists…

Identification of Microbes
June 3, 2016

Identification of Microbes

Identifying Bacteria Introduction to Bacterial Identification Accurate and definitive microorganism identification, including bacterial identification and pathogen detection, is essential for correct disease diagnosis, treatment of infection and trace-back of disease outbreaks associated with microbial infections. Bacterial identification is used in a wide variety…

What is a Microbe?
March 21, 2017

What is a Microbe?

A microbe is any living organism that spends its life at a size too tiny to be seen with the naked eye. Microbes include bacteria and archaebacteria, protists, some fungi and even some very tiny animals that are too small to be seen without the aid of a microscope. Viruses and the recently discovered prions are also considered microbes. The term microbe is short…

Fungi Microbes
August 28, 2015

Fungi Microbes

Fungi can be single celled or very complex multicellular organisms. They are found in just about any habitat but most live on the land, mainly in soil or on plant material rather than in sea or fresh water. A group called the decomposers grow in the soil or on dead plant matter where they play an important role in the cycling of carbon and other elements. Some…

When were Microbes Discovered
July 14, 2016

When were Microbes Discovered

Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch cloth merchant, was the first person to see bacteria. During the 1660s he started to grind glass lenses to make better magnifying lenses so he could examine the weave of cloth more easily. He excelled at lens grinding and achieved magnifications up to 500 times lifesize. It is not recorded why he decided to use his best lens to…