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Great Moments in Science: Light of Life 1
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This Great Moments in Science radio transcript discusses the history of bioluminescence. ...

This Great Moments in Science radio transcript discusses the history of bioluminescence. It covers the first scientists to study bioluminescence, organisms capable of making light, biochemistry of the phenomena, and interesting stories. The audio version of this program can be downloaded and requires RealPlayer.

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Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Author:
Karl S. Kruszelnicki
Great Moments in Science: Light of Life 2
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This Great Moments in Science radio transcript describes the three types of ...

This Great Moments in Science radio transcript describes the three types of bioluminescence (bacterial, extracellular, and intracellular) and associated medical applications. The audio version of this program can be downloaded and requires RealPlayer.

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Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Author:
Karl S. Kruszelnicki
Great Moments in Science: Light of Life 3
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This Great Moments in Science radio transcript describes photons of light (not ...

This Great Moments in Science radio transcript describes photons of light (not to be confused with bioluminescence) that can be seen only with the most sensitive photodetectors. Scientists believe that this light might be used by cells to communicate with each other. The audio version of this program can be downloaded and requires RealPlayer.

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Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Author:
Karl S. Kruszelnicki
Aboard Alvin
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This Gulf of Maine educational website takes students aboard the submersible Alvin. ...

This Gulf of Maine educational website takes students aboard the submersible Alvin. Classroom activities explore nautical and mythical names, such as the Titanic, instruct students how to make a model of the ocean floor in a shoebox, and introduce topics such as deep sea vents and plate tectonics.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
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Gulf of Maine Aquarium
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
The Bad Bug Book
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The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) prepared this online ...

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) prepared this online handbook on foodborne pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and parasites) and natural toxins. Chapters are arranged under the following headings: Pathogenic Bacteria, Enterovirulent Escherichia Coli Group, Parasitic Protozoa and Worms, Viruses, Natural Toxins, Other Pathogenic Agents, and Appendices. The intent of each chapter is to provide basic facts regarding these organisms and toxins including their characteristics, habitat or source, associated foods, infective dose, characteristic disease symptoms, complications, recent and/or major outbreaks, and any susceptible populations. The chapters also contain minimal information on the analytical methods used to detect, isolate, and/or identify the pathogens or natural toxins.

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Nutrition
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FDA
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
CyanoBase
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This information database provides an easy way of accessing the sequences and ...

This information database provides an easy way of accessing the sequences and all-inclusive annotation data on the structures of the cyanobacterial genomes. Cyanobacteria carry a complete set of genes for oxygenic photosynthesis, and are believed to be the ancient ancestors of chloroplast. Maintained by the Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Cyanobase contains information and sequences for Synechocystis, Anabaena, Thermosynechococcus elongatus, Gloeobacter violaceus, Prochlorococcus marinus, Synechococcus, Chlorobium tepidum, and Rhodopseudomonas palustris. It also includes links to CyanoMutants, a database depository of published and unpublished functional and genetic data on Synechocystis 6803 mutants with known mutations, and CyanoGenes.

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Biology
Genetics
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Kazusa DNA Research Institute
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Author:
Yasukazu Nakamura Makoto Hirosawa Takakazu Kaneko Satoshi Tabata
Digging Up the Dirt on Soil Microbes
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This hands-on exercise introduces students, grades K-8, to the idea of soil ...

This hands-on exercise introduces students, grades K-8, to the idea of soil as a habitat for many different organisms, links between the biological adaptation of an organism and the physical demands of its habitat, and identification of soil and aquatic organisms. The activity includes objectives, standards addressed, materials needed, teaching tips, procedure, questions with potential answers, summary of learned material, and additional resources. The exercise was a product of the Soil and Environmental Camp June 2003. PDF document.

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
University of Delaware
Author:
Kurt Williamson
Dive and Discover: Juan de Fuca Ridge
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Dive and Discover brings you right aboard the expedition to the Juan ...

Dive and Discover brings you right aboard the expedition to the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Pacific Ocean, where scientists are exploring hydrothermal vent fields and microbes inhabiting hydrothermal vents. The site gives you access to the latest oceanographic and deep submergence research from a variety of scientists including geologists, geophysicists, chemists, and biologists who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing deep-sea discoveries. The mission and objectives, daily updates, photos, videos, and e-mail correspondence with scientists aboard research vessels allow you to follow the progress of the scientific mission and find out about life on the floating laboratories at sea. Deeper discovery links allow the user to further explore the related topics of mid-ocean ridges, hydrothermal vents, and vent biology. This web page also provides links to other Dive and Discover expeditions, other deeper discovery topics, a teacher's page, and further Dive and Discover information.

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Biology
Ecology
Geology
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Invertebrate Anatomy OnLine
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This online laboratory manual features original anatomical descriptions of 112 species for ...

This online laboratory manual features original anatomical descriptions of 112 species for use in invertebrate zoology teaching or research laboratories in North America. The collection was prepared over a period of many years to facilitate and encourage the study of invertebrate animals. It is a smorgasbord of species intended to provide a selection suitable for courses taught in most parts of North America. Many species, or their close relatives, also occur in other parts of the world, especially Europe. Although the chapters are written in laboratory manual format, they can also be used to support research or in other non-teaching situations as introductions to the anatomy of specific invertebrates. The anatomical descriptions are presented as laboratory exercises, many of which have been tested by my students in invertebrate zoology courses at Lander University, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and the Duke University Marine Laboratory. These have benefited from numerous revisions based on many years of student use.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Lander University
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Author:
Richard Fox
Lactic Acid Bacteria
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This on-line exercise is focused on lactic acid bacteria, a group of ...

This on-line exercise is focused on lactic acid bacteria, a group of related bacteria that produce lactic acid as a result of carbohydrate fermentation. It includes a protocol for the enrichment of lactic acid bacteria from enriched samples (like yogurt, sauerkraut, decaying plant matter, and tooth plaque). Three parameters are measured: growth, culture diversity, and pH. The exercise also includes instructions for the isolation of some of these bacteria by using the streak-plate method.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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Living in the Microbial World Workshop
Marine Biological Laboratory
Microbes in Action
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Root Nodulation: A Partnership in the Web of Life: In this experiment, ...

Root Nodulation: A Partnership in the Web of Life: In this experiment, we will examine what it takes for root nodules to form on legume plants. We will consider the symbiotic relationship resulting from root nodules by observing the growth and appearance of the plants when exposed to Rhizobium as compared to the plants, which were not exposed to the Rhizobium bacteria.

Subject:
Biology
Botany
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
University of Missouri St. Louis
MicrobeWorld
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Welcome to the Teachers' Corner of Small Things Considered. In this section, ...

Welcome to the Teachers' Corner of Small Things Considered. In this section, we include the posts we deem most adequate for teaching purposes. We have reorganized them into subject areas geared for a typical microbiology course. To date, this material has been used for various forms of intellectual enrichment, e.g., suggested readings, class presentations, a source of topics for term papers. You can also find here our Talmudic Questions, which we characterize as those whose answers cannot be found in Google. We are told that some of these questions have been used in exams ranging from tests for undergraduate courses to qualifying/prelims for graduate students.

Subject:
Ecology
Genetics
Material Type:
Assessment
Reading
Provider:
American Society for Microbiology
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Mississippi River Basin and Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia
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This EPA site provides links to introductory information about the Gulf of ...

This EPA site provides links to introductory information about the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. It offers answers to questions such as: what is the hypoxic zone, how did it form, what strategies are being implemented to remedy it, and what is the government doing. It also features links to various regions within the Mississippi River Basin, allowing users to explore issues in their own area.

Subject:
Biology
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lecture
Reading
Provider:
EPA
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
A Moment of Silence: The Magnificent Pompeii Worm
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This two-minute radio program from Indiana University discusses the magnificent Pompeii worm. ...

This two-minute radio program from Indiana University discusses the magnificent Pompeii worm. The Pompeii worm resides in tubes near hydrothermal vents along the seafloor. While in the tube, the worm's tail end might be immersed in temperatures as hot as 178 degrees Fahrenheit, while its head rests in cooler water, as moderate as 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This web site features the script for the radio vignette and includes a link to hear the audio version.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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A Moment of Science Indiana University
The Olympic Region Harmful Algal Blooms
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This is the website of the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) ...

This is the website of the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) partnership, which was organized to develop collaboration and cooperation among federal, state and local management agencies, coastal Indian tribes, marine resource-based businesses, public interest groups, and academic institutions. The ORHAB partnership investigates the origins of blooms of toxic algae, monitors where and when the blooms occur, assesses the environmental conditions conducive to blooms and toxification of intertidal shellfish populations, and explores methods that can be used to reduce HAB impacts on humans and the environment. Information in this website is organized into the following categories: Home, About ORHAB, HAB impacts, project plan, partnerships, benefits, meetings, gallery, sustaining ORHAB, education, and outreach.

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Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) Partnership
Red Tide
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This Nova Scotia museum informational web page represents the Red Tide section ...

This Nova Scotia museum informational web page represents the Red Tide section of an online collection about poisonous plants. The page reviews several microscopic marine algae that are notoriously poisonous to humans, featuring links to images and descriptions of each. The page also discusses a typical poisoning scenario and briefly reviews the pathology and toxicology of these toxins.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Nova Scotia Museum
Author:
Ray WhitleyMarian Zinck
Red Tide Activities
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Welcome to Making Waves, a multimedia approach to learning that offers teachers ...

Welcome to Making Waves, a multimedia approach to learning that offers teachers and students an insider's view of current, relevant ocean science research efforts. This University of South Florida web site contains links to the article "Tiny Toxic Terrors: Harmful Algal Blooms" and four computer-based activities that teach students about various aspects of red tide. Activities include: "Where could they be?," "Is it a plant or animal cell?," "What is bioluminescence?," and "How does plankton shape affect plankton movement?" Each activity contains hyperlinks to pertinent materials, maps, and information to complete the activity.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Reading
Provider:
Making Waves
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
University of South Florida
School of Rock Library
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The School of Rock, was an Ocean-going Hands-on Research Expedition for Earth ...

The School of Rock, was an Ocean-going Hands-on Research Expedition for Earth and Ocean Science Teachers sponsored by the USIO, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. The Library is the School of Rock online catalog of information on the topics covered during the Expedition. Use these resources for your own learning or for use in your classroom!

Subject:
Biology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Joint Oceanographic Institutions
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
The School of Rock Expedition
Author:
Kristen St. John
Mark Leckie
The Secchi Disk
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This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to ...

This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to Secchi disk use. It features links to a series of pages that answer questions such as: what is a Secchi disk; what (or who) is Secchi; and why are Secchi disks black and white. The links also include information such as considerations in Secchi disk design and procedure, monitoring methods, and evaluating eutrophication by Secchi depth.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Kent State University Department of Biological Sciences
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)