Microbiology I

Basic Microbiology Skills Part I provides students with an ideal introduction on how to handle, grow, and visualize microorganisms in the laboratory. Students at any level, middle school and higher, can learn how to grow microbes on agar plates using Halobacterium sp. NRC-1. This microbe requires extremely high salinity for viability and growth, which invites discussion of the limits to life and astrobiology in the classroom. This microbe is also visually stimulating and its medium prevents contamination by other potentially unsafe species. Students can safely learn sterile techniques critical for microbiologists and how to purify microbial strains using plate-streaking techniques. These skills are also important for use in the biotechnology, food, and medical industries. The kit contains step-by-step instructions which are easy to follow. Students will enjoy seeing the exciting results of their newly found skills. The exercise can be used to teach AP biology, biotechnology, and microbiology and was developed in collaboration with Carolina Biological Supply Company. For more information, see:

Basic Microbiology Skills Part I

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As a companion to this website, we have developed a comprehensive set of laboratory exercises using Halobacterium NRC-1 as the model organism for teaching a wide range of subjects, including concepts such as exponential growth, colony formation, mutation, antibiotic resistance, motility, flotation, DNA function, transformation, complementation, biotechnology, genomics, and bioinformatics.

Feedback and input from educators at any level would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Priya DasSarma by email.