Blood cell infected with malaria parasite

Malaria is caused by the single-celled parasite Plasmodium. It is transmitted from one person to another by certain species of blood sucking mosquito. The parasite spends part of its complex life cycle inside red blood cells.

More about microbes

Microbe Passports

Microbes are everywhere, but we can’t see them. These mysterious microscopic organisms play a very important role in our lives. Some make us sick but many more are helpful.

Microbes are very diverse they have an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, and they can exist in a wide range of habitats from hot springs to the icy wastes of Antarctica and inside the bodies of animals and plants. Microbes live in the soil and the rocks - just think every time you walk on the ground you step on millions of microbes.

Microbiologists study microbes: where they occur, their survival strategies, how they can affect us and how we can exploit them.

Want to find out more about microbes then... Take a peek down the microscope and explore further the secret world of microbes.

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