Microbiology at school

Microbiology is the study and science of microorganisms, their function, ecology, physiology and diversity.

The diversity and mass of microorganisms around us, combined with their amazing metabolic performance, make them extremely interesting objects of study. Microbes are not only pathogens, but are also very important for our health in many ways: for example, they protect our skin or help with digestion. We humans have learnt to make use of the diverse metabolic capabilities of microbes: without microorganisms there would be no bread, beer or cheese. Microbial processes also play an important role in environmental protection and drug production.

The importance of microorganisms can be addressed in many areas of biology lessons: On the following pages, we provide materials, literature sources and instructions for microbiological school experiments, important aspects and numerous suggestions for microbiologically orientated school excursions are provided by Timmis et al. and McGenity et al. in their recommended review articles/editorials on the subject of microbiological education in society and schools.