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This branch deals with microbes that cause diseases in humans
Public Health Microbiology and Epidemiology
These branches monitor and control the spread of diseases
This branch studies the complex web of protective substances and
This branch safeguards our food and water, and also includes
|Agricultural MicrobiologyThis branch is concerned with the relationships between microbes
and domesticated plants and animals.
Plant specialists focus on plant diseases, soil fertility, and
Animal specialists work with infectious diseases and other
associations animals have with microorganisms.
| Environmental MicrobiologyThese microbiologists study the effect of microbes on the earth’s
diverse habitats. Whether the microbes are in freshwater or saltwater,
topsoil or the earth’s crust, they have profound effects on our planet.
Subdisciplines of environmental microbiology are
Aquatic microbiology—the study of microbes in the earth’s
Soil microbiology—the study of microbes in terrestrial parts of
Geomicrobiology—the study of microbes in the earth’s crust
Astrobiology (also known as exobiology)—the search for/study
of microbial and other life in places off of our planet
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