What lives where?
Animals and plants populate every habitat on Earth. Living things are well adapted to their life in each habitat.
Microbes all around us
Culture microorganisms from different habitats and discover the variety of different microbes and their patterns of distribution.
Standard technique Aseptic techniques
Tools covered: wire loop, pipettes, cotton wool plugs. Procedures covered: inoculating plates, inoculating slopes, inoculating cultures, using a wire loop, using a pipette, flaming necks of bottles and test tubes, and disinfecting surfaces.
Standard technique Pouring an agar plate
Simple instructions for pouring an agar plate.
Standard technique Incubating and viewing plates
Notes on handling plates safely: incubation temperatures, labelling plates, taping lids on, slowing growth and killing cultures.
Standard technique Making up nutrient agars
Details of how to make up different culture media for culturing different microorganisms.