Water microbiology

Smith, James J., Keegan, Alexandra, McGregor, Glenn, Smith, Maree, Hieatt, Arron, & McNeill, Anne (2013) Water microbiology. In Freckelton, Ian & Selby, Hugh (Eds.) Expert Evidence. Thomson Reuters.

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Microbiology is the science devoted lo the study of organisms that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. These microorganisms are a large and diverse group of free-living forms that exist as single cells or cell clusters. Being free-living, microbial cells are distinct from the cells of animals and plants as the latter are not able to live alone in nature but only in characteristic groups. A single microbial cell, generally, is able to carry out its life processes of growth, respiration and reproduction independently of other cells, either of the same kind or of different kinds. There are five subdisciplines of microbiology: (a) the study of bacteria (bacteriology); (b) the study of viruses (virology); (c) the study of algae (phycology); (d) the study of fungi (mycology); and (e) the study of protozoa (protozoology). In the examination of the environment, all five areas of microbiology are studied. This becomes obvious when discussing the significance of each of these groups of organisms in relation to human health.

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ID Code: 59468
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Water, Microbiology, Regulation, Analysis, Monitoring
ISBN: 9780455231624
ISSN: 0455231621
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900) > Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified (059999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > MICROBIOLOGY (060500) > Microbiology not elsewhere classified (060599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 20 May 2013 01:10
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 00:50

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