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View Resource Microbes in Action

This web site is a product of the Microbes in Action program, which serves to promote an understanding and appreciation of the importance of microorganisms in our world. The program provides scientific information and hands-on activities in microbiology to K-12 teachers via curriculum units, workshops, a newsletter, and this web site. Materials available on this site include: classroom activities...

View Resource Hot-Water Worms May Use Bacteria as Shield

This National Geographic news article highlights research being done to study the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana), the most heat tolerant complex organism on Earth, and its microscopic symbionts. Bacteria on the worms' backs act like firefighters' blankets, shielding the worms from intermittent blasts of hot, metal-rich water. Scientists are currently characterizing the chemistry of the vent...

View Resource Microscopic Organisms

This image-rich website from the Australian Antarctic Division's Biology program describes its research in microscopic organisms. It includes an introduction of microbial ecology and microbial processes, followed by information about the research project. Field sampling, microscopy, flow cytometry, pigment analysis, flourometry, HPLC, culturing, feeding experiments, and the research staff are...

View Resource ELVIS Meltdown! Microbiology Concepts of Culture, Growth, and Metabolism

In this case study, students will assume the role of a microbiologist working at a chemical company that makes polyurethane. The lesson was developed for an introductory general microbiology course for biology and non-biology majors. It would be useful for high school or lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a...

View Resource Creatures that Glow in the Night

This Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education activity (PDF) encourages students to practice experimental design and scientific writing through the study of bioluminescence. Students observe and experiment with bioluminescent dinoflagellates (Pyrocystis fusiformis), learning how and why they produce light. The activity includes information for teacher preparation, an introduction to...

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