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Laboratory Exercises in Microbiology: Discovering the Unseen World Through Hands-On Investigation

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Susan McLaughlin, Queensborough Community College

Joan Petersen, Queensborough Community College

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: CUNY Academic Works

Language: English

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Reviewed by John Plunket, Professor, Horry-Georgetown Technical College on 2/1/23

This lab manual includes all the standard introductory microbiology lab topics in detail, with ample information on theory and technique. It does not provide an index or glossary, but terms are clearly defined within the text. Useful appendices... read more

Reviewed by Alessia Santilli, Microbiology Instructor, University of Southern Maine on 3/26/21

The lab manual does a very good job going over most of the introductory microbiology procedures. It gives detailed and clear step-by-step instructions. Each lab exercise begins with a list of objectives, has a section where students can jot down... read more

Reviewed by Yan Hu, Assistant Professor, Worcester State University on 6/30/20

This book is an excellent lab manual for the undergraduates majoring in Biology or the health-related subjects. It covers almost all of the basic concepts, lab exercises, hand-on activities in Microbiology. However, it didn't provide enough... read more

Reviewed by Kristin Laird, Professor, Roxbury Community College on 6/2/20

This book covers a nice spectrum of laboratory exercises which can be accomplished by students taking their first microbiology course. While there is not a glossary, the authors do include key terms in bold at the start of each exercise and then... read more

Reviewed by Adronisha Frazier, Biology Instructor, NTCC on 4/15/20

This lab manual covers bacteria, fungi, protozoans, helminths, arthropods, and biotechnological tools, such as ELISA. The lab manual covers the content well-enough to not need any supplementary materials. There is not a glossary for this lab... read more

Reviewed by Becky Buckley, Affiliate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 6/12/19

The lab manual covers most core aspects of the microbial world very well: bacteria, fungi, and protists, but does not include any experiments with the viruses. A simple exercise with bacteriophage T4 and Escherichia coli could be added to... read more

Reviewed by Sharon Cisneros, Adjunct, Morton College on 1/14/19

This text provides a solid over-view of microbiology concepts that can be used in a general microbiology course. It provides an appendix in the back of the book, but does not provide a glossary of terms. It does, however, give definitions of... read more

Reviewed by Robert Beatty, Senior Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley on 2/1/18

This is excellent lab manual for introductory microbiology. The book contains wonderful illustrations and provides numerous exercises and hands-on activities. The text is easy to read and well-organized into a thorough overview of clinical... read more

Table of Contents

  • Lab 1. Introduction to Microscopy and Diversity of Cell Types
  • Lab 2. Introduction to Aseptic Techniques and Growth Media
  • Lab 3. Preparation of Bacterial Smears and Introduction to Staining
  • Lab 4. Acid fast and Endospore Staining
  • Lab 5. Metabolic Activities of Bacteria
  • Lab 6. Dichotomous Keys
  • Lab 7. The Effect of Physical Factors on Microbial Growth
  • Lab 8. Chemical Control of Microbial Growth—Disinfectants and Antibiotics
  • Lab 9. The Microbiology of Milk and Food
  • Lab 10. The Eukaryotes
  • Lab 11. Clinical Microbiology I; Anaerobic pathogens; Vectors of Infectious Disease
  • Lab 12. Clinical Microbiology II—Immunology and the Biolog System
  • Lab 13. Putting it all Together: Case Studies in Microbiology
  • Appendix I. Information About Lab Practical Exams
  • Appendix II. Scientific Notation and Serial Dilution
  • Appendix III. Introduction to Micropipetting

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  • About the Book

    The exercises in this laboratory manual are designed to engage students in hand-on activities that reinforce their understanding of the microbial world. Topics covered include: staining and microscopy, metabolic testing, physical and chemical control of microorganisms, and immunology. The target audience is primarily students preparing for a career in the health sciences, however many of the topics would be appropriate for a general microbiology course as well.

    About the Contributors


    Susan McLaughlin is a Professor in the Biology department at Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY.

    Joan Petersen Professor in the Science department at Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY

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