"MICROBES, MAN, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: THE CONSTANT INTERACTIONS"

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The lecture with exceptionalattendance had its topic;
Microbes, Man and the Environment:The Constant Interactions,
delivered by Prof.FREDERICK OSARO EKHAISE;
Professor of Environmental and Public Health Microbiology/Microbial
Physiology.
From studies micro biology is said to
be the study of microbes and their interactions with humans, animals,
plants and the environment
Microbiology started with the
invention of the microscope. The English scientist Robert Hooke is
credited with being the first person to use a microscope for academic
study in the early 1660s.
In 1665, Hooke published his landmark book Micrograhia on plant
sections, which described the microscope for the first time. Today, it
is considered to be a foundation stone in the understanding of
Microbiology. Meanwhile, in continental Europe, other scientists such as Marcello Malpighi in Italy and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
in the Netherlands used Microscopes to look at animal and plant
tissues. He said form studies a number of large scale industrial
processes are microbially based; which led to the development of a new
discipline.

Microbes are
everywhere. Microbes / microorganisms are those organisms usually too
small to be seen with the eyes except with aid of a microscope. Microbes
include bacteria, viruses and archaea, also eukaryotes like yeast,
protozoa and algae. With this the lecturer said Without microbes, we can
neither eat nor breathe Without us, they would be fine. In discussing
this we can’t leave the influence microbes has on earth and man
“Microbes are everywhere in the Biosphere, that is in the soil, water
and air.

Microbes can do anything they want,
wherever they want – without microbes, humans would not be alive, with
his research so far there are more of them on a person’s hand than there
are people on the entire planet. Microbes are in the air we breathe,
the ground we walk on, the food we eat and they are inside us as well.
We cannot digest food without them, Animals cannot either. Without
microbes, plants cannot grow, garbage would not decay and there would be
a lot less oxygen to breathe. In fact, without these invisible
companions, our planet would not survive as we know it today

From the journey so far his interest
in the field of Environmental and Public Health Microbiology/Microbial
Physiology was as a result of his love for the environment and, his
research activities in this special area which spanned through a period
of 23 years.

He talked on influence of human
activities on the quality of indoor air to highlight some of his
research findings on the quality of indoor air in the environment as it
is influenced by human activities. Atmospheric pollution is one of the
most pressing problems of our age. This pollution has now reached an
advanced stage that poses a potential threat to the health and
well-being of the populace

Microbial damage of indoor /outdoor
area is associated mostly with molds and bacteria, in the environment.
Spores of molds and bacteria may become airborne and therefore
ubiquitous. The relative humidity / moisture content of the material
determine to what extent the different microorganisms are able to grow
on indoor/outdoor materials.

Germs thrive in the homes with little
or no notice, lots of germs are harmless, many are even good for your
health, but you help protect yourself from those that are harmful by
observing cleanliness all the time no matter how hard it may seem.

Normally, when people think about
germs they think about toilets. But there are other areas where germs
are found at home. These include the Kitchen Sinks, Television Remote
Controls, Computer Keyboards, Mobile Handsets, Door handles,
Toothbrushes, Towels, Salt and Pepper Shakers Others are Beddings (Bed
Sheets, Pillows and Pillow cases. The introduction of harmful
particulates, biological molecules or chemical molecules into the
atmosphere is termed air pollution and it is a major problem that
affects man and also poses potential threat to the health and wellbeing
of human population.

Focusing on the new health microbiogy
which is on the role of inanimate objects in the proliferation of
microorganisms of public health interest in the environment. It will
interest you to know that, inanimate objects also known as FOMITES play a
significant role in the proliferation of microorganisms, therefore
complicating human health, especially the infants, elderly and
immunocompromised individuals

In conclusion with the topic
Microbes, Man and The Environment: The Constant Interactions and his …
research findings as enunciated in this lecture with intent to make the
environment we live in, a safe and healthy space. “A healthy nation
makes a healthy economy”. In order to have a cordial relationship among
microbes, man and the environment, there is the dire need for every one
of us to make concerted efforts to contribute to the making of our
environment of a safe haven, with less microbial health problems.

Microbes, Man and The Environment:
The Constant Interactions revealed the potentiality of mineralization of
xenobiotics by indigenous microorganisms in the environment into
recyclable primary elements such as Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Oxygen,
Sulphur and Phosphorus for a safe and healthy environment.

Healthy environment contributes to
healthy living and a healthy lifestyle contributes to sustained national
development. It is important that all stockholders rise up to the
occasion to enhance the environment for a healthy living to reduce
potential environmental health risks.

The vice chancellor Prof F.F.O Orumwense cherished the lecturer for the research work and a well delivered lecture. He thereafter garbed Prof . Frederick Osaro Ekhaise with a medal to usher him into the honor roll of the University of Benin Inaugural Lecturer’s

Faculty/Institute/Center: 
Department: 
Microbiology
Date Of Lecture: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018
First Name: 
Frederick
Middle Name: 
Osaro
Last Name: 
Ekhaise
Sex: 
Male