Microbiology is the science which studies microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, protists and parasites, and other agents such as viruses, viroids and prions. It is divided into branches for the study of different microbial agents that cause infectious diseases: Parasitology. Mycology. Bacteriology.
Due to his pioneering work, the Dutch businessman Anton van Leeuwenhoek (Delft, 1632-1723) is regarded as the father and founder of microbiology. Having produced and perfected his own microscopic instruments, he made many observations and discoveries. He observed fabrics, saliva and even the plaque from his own teeth, which resulted in a great discovery: “animalcules” – minuscule animals that moved, and this is now recognised as the first observation of bacteria (1683).
This observation would lead to the publication of a letter, dated 17 September, in which these discoveries were described in detail.
And this event is what is commemorated today, 17 September.
In the field of health and medicine, microbiology is of immense importance, since it focuses on the study of pathogenic microorganisms, such as fungi, viruses, parasites and bacteria, which can cause disease in humans.
Congratulations to @ll microbiologists throughout the world for your valuable work and professionalism.