The study of the structure and physiology of microbial communities in the environment is known as environmental microbiology. In this case, the environment refers to the planet's soil, water, air, and sediments, as well as the animals and plants that live there. It advances our knowledge of microbial community structure, phylogeny, and physiology. A variety of DNA-based technologies and new methods for studying RNA and proteins isolations from environmental samples are now part of the molecular toolbox. Currently, there is a lot of focus on using "omics" methods to figure out what microbes are and what they do.
- Track 1-1 Microbial Ecology
- Track 2-2 Microbial Diversity
- Track 3-3 Biogeochemical Cycling