Microbiology Definition and Types of Microorganisms
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Microbiology Definition and Types of Microorganisms

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What is microbiology the study of?

only bacteria and fungi

What is a characteristic of bacterial cells?

They are typically 0.5-5.0 μm in size

What is unique about viruses?

They require host cells to replicate

What is a way microorganisms can obtain energy?

<p>Through photosynthesis, respiration, or fermentation</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is an example of a symbiotic relationship?

<p>Commensalism, where one organism benefits and the other is unaffected</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is an application of microbiology in the food industry?

<p>Fermentation in food production</p> Signup and view all the answers

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Microbiology Definition

  • Study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protists
  • Microorganisms are typically microscopic, but can also be larger, such as protozoa

Types of Microorganisms

  • Bacteria:
    • Prokaryotic cells, lacking a true nucleus
    • Typically 0.5-5.0 μm in size
    • Can be aerobic or anaerobic
    • Examples: E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus
  • Viruses:
    • Not considered living cells, as they require host cells to replicate
    • Consist of a protein coat (capsid) and genetic material (DNA or RNA)
    • Can infect animals, plants, and bacteria
    • Examples: Influenza, HIV
  • Fungi:
    • Eukaryotic cells, with a true nucleus
    • Can be unicellular or multicellular
    • Examples: Yeast, Mold, Mushrooms
  • Protists:
    • Eukaryotic cells, with a true nucleus
    • Typically unicellular, but can be multicellular
    • Examples: Protozoa, Algae, Slime molds

Microbial Growth and Nutrition

  • Growth:
    • Microorganisms can grow rapidly, with some doubling in as little as 20 minutes
    • Growth can be measured by turbidity, colony count, or biomass
  • Nutrition:
    • Microorganisms can obtain energy through photosynthesis, respiration, or fermentation
    • Nutrient sources include organic compounds, inorganic compounds, and other organisms

Microbial Interactions

  • Symbiosis:
    • Mutualism: both organisms benefit
    • Commensalism: one organism benefits, the other is unaffected
    • Parasitism: one organism benefits, the other is harmed
  • Microbial Communities:
    • Biofilms: complex communities of microorganisms attached to a surface
    • Microbial consortia: groups of microorganisms working together to perform a specific function

Microbiology Applications

  • Medicine:
    • Diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases
    • Development of vaccines and antibiotics
  • Food and Beverage:
    • Fermentation in food production (e.g. yogurt, cheese, bread)
    • Spoilage and preservation of food
  • Environmental Science:
    • Bioremediation: using microorganisms to clean up pollutants
    • Microbial ecology: studying the role of microorganisms in ecosystems

Microbiology Definition

  • Study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protists
  • Microorganisms are typically microscopic, but can also be larger, such as protozoa

Types of Microorganisms

  • Bacteria
  • Prokaryotic cells, lacking a true nucleus
  • Typically 0.5-5.0 μm in size
  • Can be aerobic or anaerobic
  • Examples: E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus
  • Viruses
  • Not considered living cells, as they require host cells to replicate
  • Consist of a protein coat (capsid) and genetic material (DNA or RNA)
  • Can infect animals, plants, and bacteria
  • Examples: Influenza, HIV
  • Fungi
  • Eukaryotic cells, with a true nucleus
  • Can be unicellular or multicellular
  • Examples: Yeast, Mold, Mushrooms
  • Protists
  • Eukaryotic cells, with a true nucleus
  • Typically unicellular, but can be multicellular
  • Examples: Protozoa, Algae, Slime molds

Microbial Growth and Nutrition

  • Growth
  • Microorganisms can grow rapidly, with some doubling in as little as 20 minutes
  • Growth can be measured by turbidity, colony count, or biomass
  • Nutrition
  • Microorganisms can obtain energy through photosynthesis, respiration, or fermentation
  • Nutrient sources include organic compounds, inorganic compounds, and other organisms

Microbial Interactions

  • Symbiosis
  • Mutualism: both organisms benefit
  • Commensalism: one organism benefits, the other is unaffected
  • Parasitism: one organism benefits, the other is harmed
  • Microbial Communities
  • Biofilms: complex communities of microorganisms attached to a surface
  • Microbial consortia: groups of microorganisms working together to perform a specific function

Microbiology Applications

  • Medicine
  • Diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases
  • Development of vaccines and antibiotics
  • Food and Beverage
  • Fermentation in food production (e.g. yogurt, cheese, bread)
  • Spoilage and preservation of food
  • Environmental Science
  • Bioremediation: using microorganisms to clean up pollutants
  • Microbial ecology: studying the role of microorganisms in ecosystems

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