1Thurs_Microbes in the environment

1Thurs_Microbes in the environment - Lab Exercise 4:...

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Lab Exercise 4: Microbes in the environment OBJECTIVES 1. Properly expose sterile media to diverse microbial environments. 2. Properly label and incubate media. 3. Observe diversity of bacteria and fungi in immediate environments. INTRODUCTION Microbes cover a huge range of organisms, from single cell prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) to single and multi-cell eukaryotes (fungi, algae, protozoa, and helminthes). In today’s lab, you will be exposing several different media to your immediate environment, which will predominately contain fungi and bacteria. Bacteria are some of the most widely distributed organisms in the biosphere. Based on their diverse metabolisms, they are capable of thriving in a huge range of ecological niches: deep sea hydrothermal vents, soil and water, the surface of metal pipes and rocks, polar snow caps, and the human body. In lecture, you will learn in detail about the structure of bacterial microbes and their functions. Although their metabolic diversity is great, their
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This note was uploaded on 12/23/2009 for the course BIO 205 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '09 term at Miramar College.

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