What is Microbiology?

(c) Microbiology University of Tübingen

Microbiology studies the occurrence, living environment, communication and environmental interactions of microorganisms as well as their relationships, structure, metabolism, structure and function of their cell components to elucidate the ecological significance of bacteria, archaea and simple fungi, their behaviour and metabolic performance. This knowledge is used to protect the environment and our health and making it available for molecular biological, biotechnological and medical applications.

This involves the task of ensuring that microbiologists and biotechnical specialists receive modern training and are kept up to date in this rapidly developing field.

Microbiological professions involving teaching, research, development and quality assurance can be found in universities, large research institutions, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, in many start-up companies, food technology and medical institutions as well as in environmental and consumer protection.

You will find further information about the fascinating world of microorganisms in our sections Short Question (e.g. What are microbes?) and Microbe of the Year!