Brian Rogan, The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Leadership Program for Teachers
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This is an instructor's guide to teaching about biodiversity in the microbial world. This activity encourages students to investigate bacteria using a Winogradsky Column. Students can create a unique environment with slight variations on the &quot;recipe&quot; and soon have an inquiry project that could easily occupy the entire year. With the simple extensions given, teachers can isolate and grow a number of the species found in the column and extend this column to a number of examples in the real world showing the relevance of this complex yet deceptively simple lab.
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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Principles, Biofilms, Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Biology:Biogeochemistry Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Activities:Lab Activity Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8) Extreme Environments: Anoxic Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Metabolism, Abiotic Relations, Symbiotic Relations, Habitats:Terrestrial, Biosphere:Ecology:Biofilms, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology, Ecology:Principles, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience
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