Indiana Biolab Bacteriophage Index
Bacteriophages are viruses which attack bacteria. This is the index
to dozens of safe, interesting experiments with bacteriophages which you
can do at home. These experiments will open your eyes to many fields of
biochemistry, biology, biophysics, genetics, molecular biology, and virology
which would be difficult to study otherwise. Bacteriophage experiments
are notable for their safety.
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P000 - Introduction to Bacteriophages - All first
time visitors should begin with this page.
- P001 - Letter to the Beginning Student - Please
read before trying these experiments.
- P002 - Letter to Parents - discusses the safety
risks of bacteriphage projects.
- P003 - What are bacteriophages?
- P004 -
- B005 - BacteriaStudyList - Please join (free)
and send your bacteriophage questions.
- B006 - Believe it or Not. Surprising, but true
facts about bacteriophages.
P020- Introduction to your own Home Bacteriophage
Lab: introductory experiments, media, tools, and methods for beginners
using items found at home--few or no purchases required.
- P021 - basic supplies and equipment E-broth
prob OK reuse plastic plates.
- Preparing media: plates, top agar, dilution fluid.
- Paper strip streak test for viable phages on a bacterial lawn. STARTED
- B022 - Make E-Broth from ground beef on the
kitchen stove - a meat broth medium.
- B023 - Dispense your media: stabs, slants, plates,
deeps: aerobic and anaerobic media
- B024 - Sterilize and store your media: use pressure
cooker or steamer; store dust-free
- B025 - Make a loop and streak gelatin or agar
plates to isolate colonies
- B026 - Start your own pure cultures collection.
A good way to begin learning the genera.
- B027 - Reuse plastic plates and trays. Experiments
using bacterial lawns
- B028 - Milk media. Many bacteria grow
better in milk than in meat broth.
- B029 - Make media from potato, carrot,
tomato, rice, hay, grass: slices, plugs, and liquid
- B030 - Stock Cultures Media - as used
at Indiana Biolab <== READ THIS PAGE
- B031 - Chemolithotropic media: rocks and sulfur; mud jars.
- B0?? - Simple diagnostic media which can be made at home.
- B0?? - More about anaerobic bacteria: media and methods for culturing
- B027?? - Reuse plastic plates and
trays. Experiments using bacterial lawns
- B0?? - Introduction to enrichment and selective media for specific
genera of bacteria
- B038 - How to count bacteria,
plus sub pages on statistics, equipment, simple to complex
- reports by students doing microbiology expriments at home; send yours
- B039 - Summary of tools, equipment,
and media for your Home Micro Lab. Incomplete
B040 - Index page. Standard Methods used in Microbiology: This chapter
shows you how to perform the techniques used in colleges, hospitals, and
professional laboratories. A junior high school student many not have access
to this equipment, but these pages help him design or select substitutes
so that he is able to complete many additional experiments.
- B041 - What are agar, tryptone, yeast
extract, and the other ingredients used in media?
- B0?? - Preparing professional media from tryptone, yeast extract, agar
grades, origin of
- B0?? - Formula for professional media
- B0?? - Formula for diagnostic media
- B0?? - Formulae for bacteriological stains
- B0?? - Streaking plates to isolate bacteria and obtain pure cultures
- B0?? - Making slide mounts and using microscope
- B0?? - Building and maintaining a collection of bacteria generally
- B0?? - ?building equipment for advanced work, laminar flow hoods, safety
- B0?? - working with strict anaerobic such as rumen bacteria and methane
B060 - Experiments: Effect of environmental factors on the growth of
bacteria. Performing these experiments will help you understand bacteria
and how to protect your food from spoilage and poisoning by bacteria .
Salt, sugar, pH, oxygen level, heat, and other agents are all used to protect
and preserve foods. In these experiments you will aloso learn how different
genera and species of bacteria differ in their response to environmental
- B061 - Oxygen requirements of bacteria
- B062 - Optimum temperature for some
common bacteria: 4C, room temp, 37C, 55C - INC
- B063 - Osmotic pressure (salt) of
medium and bacteia - INCOMPLETE
- B06? - pH effect on bacterial growth
- B064 - Nutritional requirements of bacteria
- B065 - Carbohydrates used by bacteria - diagnostic assays
- B0?? - Carbon sources used by bacteria
- B0?? - Nitrogen sources used by bacteria
- B000 - Disinfectants action on bacteria
- B000 - Killing of bacteria by UV, heat, and agents is a logarithmic
- B000 - chemo- and organo- tropic nutrition
- B000 - Bacteriophages (viruses that attack bacteria)
- B000 - Bacteriocins that kill bacteria
B090 - The classification of Bacteria: main groups, families, genera,
- B095 - Short list of distinctive Genera
of bacteria; good student should know these INCOMPLETE
B100 - Food Bacteriology: Experiments
with the bacteria you eat every day INCOMPLETE
- B10? - Making foods by selective fermentations of cabbage, cucumbers,
peanut, sorghum, tea fungus, drinks, soybean, breads, cover most primitive
fermented foods. `
- B10? - Improvement of primitive fermented foods by pure culture methods
- B120 - NEW - index to milk fermentations,
LAB, olives, etc
- isolation of pure cultures of bacteria from human foods by students
- B121 - Isolating and using pure cultures of bacteria in production
of fermented foods.
- B122 - Isolation of Brevibacterium
linens from Limburger Cheese at home by a beginner.
B200 - Isolation and study of bacteria
from nature with descriptions of family, genus, species
- B203 - Isolation and characteristics
of Vibrio phosphoreum, glows brightly.
- Eventually dozens of bacteria will be covered in detail in this section.
Bottles can serve as culture tubes, or your teacher may loan you culture
tubes and supplies. If not try a hospital, they throw away lots of items
you can use and if autoclaved they are perfectly safe. Before you trouble
a hospital for gifts, do a few week's work at home and prove that you are
really interested and planning to work hard. Can lids, or flat bottles
can serve as petri plates. Most students only have access to plastic petri
plates, but is sometimes possible to reuse them.
You may send private
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