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Agar plates made from common supermarket substances and Bacillus subtilis natto as an inexpensive approach to microbiology education

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Scharfenberg, Franz-Josef ; Marquardt, Ann-Katrin:
Agar plates made from common supermarket substances and Bacillus subtilis natto as an inexpensive approach to microbiology education.
In: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. Vol. 16 (2015) Issue 2 . - pp. 292-294.
ISSN 1935-7885
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v16i2.942

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To address the possible limitations that financial restrictions may have on students’ independent experimentation at school, we developed and implemented an inexpensive approach for basic microbiology education. We describe four nutrient agars consisting only of everyday substances available from the supermarket or online that we developed to replace standard agars and specific agars. Additionally, we selected Bacillus subtilis natto as an example of a pure-culture species. Our tip first reports the four supermarket-substance agar variants; second, it suggests utilizing them to introduce basic microbiological techniques; and third, it introduces B. subtilis natto in the context of the antibacterial effects of antibiotics as well as of supermarket products which students can bring to class from home. We implemented our approach in microbiology education at school as well as in pre-service teacher education and in in-service teacher professional development courses at our university. Finally, our paper provides worksheets for all the experiments.Link: http://jmbe.asm.org/index.php/jmbe/article/view/942

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER129123
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Didactics of Biology
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 09:42
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/33802