Microbiology is the study of microorganisms - how they work and their role in our world. Microorganisms encompass huge diversity and include bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled animals and algae. Although not visible to the naked eye, microorganisms have a profound effect on our world. They are fundamental to the basic nutrient and biogeochemical cycles that underpin life on Earth; they cause infectious diseases, including diseases of crops and farmed animals; and they are used to make foods and a vast array of chemicals used in agriculture, food processing, mining and other industries. Importantly, the study of microorganisms can tell us much about the origin and history of life, and has taught us about basic life processes that are now being exploited in the various fields of molecular biology.
We offer a considerable range of microbiology teaching including the following specialties reflecting our research strengths:
- Food microbiology, supported by the nationally recognised Food Safety Centre within the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
- Antarctic microbial ecology through the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, the Australian Antarctic Division and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
- Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the Menzies Research Institute
- Food science and technology through the Centre of Food Innovation and ARC Industrial Transformations Training Centre in Innovative Horticultural Products