AbstractWanneer van mikroorganismes en hul aktiwiteite gepraat word, dink die meeste mense onwillekeurig in terme van siektes van mens en dier en ander skadelike invloede. Dit verbaas geensins, want dit is so dat van die mens se gevaarlikste vyande juis in die wêreld van die kleinste lewende organismes voorkom. Mikrobiologie as wetenskap het dan ook sy ontstaan gevind in die bestudering van hierdie organismes met die doel om hulle te kan beveg.
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