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View Resource Biotechnology Curriculum Freshman Exploratory: Growing Bacteria

Bacteria are everywhere in the environment. To prove this in this activity, students will take samples of different surfaces around the classroom, and nearby places, as well as their own fingers. To detect bacteria, students will need to provide food for them to grow on. Students will be using the nutrient agar plates that have already been prepared. This lesson plan document may be downloaded...

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 Size Limits of Very Small Microorganisms Proceedings of a Workshop

This National Academy of Sciences web page provides links to discussions and papers regarding whether or not nanobacteria may be considered life forms based on size constraints. The papers and discussions follow a two-day workshop involving four panel discussions held in October of 1998. In addition to papers and discussions, the site includes links to an overview of the workshop's goals and an...

View Resource Biofilms: Online Manual

The following is a collection of exercises which can be conducted to illustrate the formation and properties of microbial biofilms. Some of these are contributed by colleagues, some are adapted with attribution from commonly available texts and laboratory manuals an some are new and relatively untried. Many are suitable for entire laboratory sections while others might better be reserved for...

View Resource Performing a Gram Strain

This video from CUNY Kingsborough Community College describes how to perform a gram strain. The brief demonstration is described step by step and would be easy to replicate in a laboratory setting. Running time for the video is 1:46.

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