Microbiologists study the invisible organisms and other biological particles that associate with life; bacteria, yeast, virus and protoctista. Understanding these organisms can be essential to our interaction with the world. Bacteria naturally maintain nutrients in the soil, can contaminate food (when you’ve had a dose of E. coli, one of the causes of food poisoning, you’ll know just how much!), are used in medicine production and much, much more. These microorganisms can be used as a natural means of detecting pollution, helping us correct the damage we are creating to the world around us.
The microbiologist must study and learn about these creatures, delve into a seemingly non-existent plain to the naked eye, and enter a world where the microscopic rule.