Microbiology is the study of microscopic life forms. Bacteria and archaea are the oldest and most successful life forms on Earth. They can live in temperatures well below freezing to above boiling. Others can live in very acid or very alkaline environments and in the presence of chemicals or radiation that may be lethal to other organisms. They were the first life to be documented approximately 3.5 billion years ago. Viruses, which are more numerous than bacteria, have none of the properties of life. Although most people associate microorganisms with disease, the majority of microorganisms is actually beneficial and in some cases is used to produce economically important materials and as vectors for the treatment of disease. In the microbiology program at Texas State, we learn about the different types of microorganisms, their biology, where they are found, their interactions with humans, and the interactions of microorganisms with each other and the environment.
The American Society for Microbiology and The Texas Branch of the American Society for Mircobiology is open to all of those interested in the science of microbiology and its diverse roles in areas such as the environment, ecology, health, and medicine. We invite you to check out our site. You will find information on future and past meetings, awards and scholarships, and how to join and become involved. Thank you for visiting.
The mission of the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology is to promote the science of microbiology throughout the state through meetings, discussion, and education.