Laboratory Experiments in Microbiology, 12th edition

  • Ted R. Johnson
  • Christine L. Case

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For general microbiology laboratory courses

Laboratory Experiments in Microbiology features 57 thoroughly class-tested and easily customizable exercises that teach basic microbiology techniques and applications. The manual provides comprehensive coverage of every area of microbiology across diverse disciplines, including the biological sciences, allied health sciences, agriculture, environmental science, nutrition, pharmacy, and various pre-professional programs. The lab manual is the perfect companion to Tortora/Funke/Case’s Microbiology: An Introduction, 13th Edition or any introductory microbiology text.


The 12th Edition of Laboratory Experiments in Microbiology is easier than ever to navigate and more visually effective with new icons indicating when an exercise addresses the human or environmental microbiome, is investigative, or addresses an ASM guideline. New ASM Thinking Skills outline the steps that help develop laboratory thinking skills. Pre-lab quizzes in Mastering Microbiology ensure students arrive prepared for each lab, and activities such as Lab and Lecture: Putting It All Together help students see how lab and lecture are integrated.


Table of contents

Part One Microscopy

1. Use and Care of the Microscope

2. Examination of Living Microorganisms

Part Two  Handling Bacteria

3. Microbes in the Environment

4. Transfer of Bacteria: Aseptic Technique

Part Three  Staining Methods

5. Preparation of Smears and Simple Staining

6. Negative Staining

7. Gram Staining

8. Acid-Fast Staining

9. Structural Stains (Endospore, Capsule, and Flagella)

10. Morphological Unknown

Part Four  Cultivation of Bacteria

11. Isolation of Bacteria by Dilution Techniques

12. Special Media for Isolating Bacteria

Part Five  Microbial Metabolism

13. Carbohydrate Catabolism

14. Fermentation

15. Protein Catabolism, Part 1

16. Protein Catabolism, Part 2

17. Respiration

18. Unknown Identification and Bergey’s Manual

Part Six   Microbial Growth

19. Oxygen and the Growth of Bacteria

20. Determination of a Bacterial Growth Curve: The Role of Temperature

21. Biofilms

Part Seven  Control of Microbial Growth

22. Physical Methods of Control: Heat

23. Physical Methods of Control: Ultraviolet Radiation

24. Chemical Methods of Control: Disinfectants and Antiseptics

25. Chemical Methods of Control: Antimicrobial Drugs

26. Effectiveness of Hand Scrubbing

Part Eight  Microbial Genetics

27. Regulation of Gene Expression

28. Isolation of Bacterial Mutants

29. Transformation of Bacteria

30. DNA Fingerprinting

31. Genetic Engineering

32. Ames Test for Detecting Possible Chemical Carcinogens

Part Nine  The Microbial World

33. Fungi: Yeasts and Molds

34. Phototrophs: Algae and Cyanobacteria

35. Protozoa

36. Parasitic Helminths

Part Ten  Viruses

37. Isolation and Titration of Bacteriophages

38. Plant Viruses

Part Eleven  Interaction of Microbe and Host

39. Epidemiology

40. Koch's Postulate

Part Twelve  Immunology

41. Innate Immunity

42. Agglutination Reactions: Slide Agglutination

43. Agglutination Reactions: Microtiter Agglutination

44. ELISA Technique

Part Thirteen   Microrganisms and Disease

45. Bacteria of the Skin

46. Bacteria of the Respiratory Tract

47. Bacteria of the Mouth

48. Bacteria of the Gastrointestinal Tract

49. Bacteria of the Urogenital Trac

50. Identification of an Unknown from a Clinical Sample

51. Rapid Identification Methods

Part Fourteen   Microbiology and the Environment

52. Microbes in Water: Multiple-Tube Technique

53. Microbes in Water: Membrane Filter Technique

54. Microbes in Food: Contamination

55. Microbes Used in the Production of Foods

56. Microbes in Soil: The Nitrogen and Sulfur Cycles

57. Microbes in Soil: Bioremediaton



A. Pipetting

B. Dilution Techniques and Calculations

C. Use of the Spectrophotometer

D. Graphing

E. Use of the Dissecting Microscope

F. Use of the Membrane Filter

G. Electrophoresis

H. Keys to Bacteria

Published by Pearson (January 1st 2018) - Copyright © 2019