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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

Pub Date: 2016

Publisher: CUNY Academic Works

Language: English

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Reviewed by Sharon Cisneros, Adjunct, Morton College on 1/15/19

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 2/2/18

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

Microbiology Lab Safety Instructions

  • 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

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