NEW ZEALAND TARANAKI

Microbiology and DIY experiments

 

Environmental isolation of Protozoa ( thanks to the voluntary work of Maree Wright )

Microbiology for school

You MUST NOTswab the environment for bacteria or test antibiotic resistance...so what CAN you do?

Bacteria inside clover root nodules - Michael Fenton

Why not pull up some clover, wash the roots, and extract the bacteria that live there?

or just do a survey of clover growth in relation to the number of root nodules present?

 

 

 

 

Growing bacteria on culture media...SAFELY... PDF format

Environmental isolation of Protozoa (a great project for schools thanks to the voluntary work of Maree Wright )

Build a microscope - see a whole new world!

Add a camera to the eye piece... take photos from your microscope

Look at these amazing electron microscope photos - the UGLIEST creature on the website is here

Isolate nitrogen fixing bacteria from clover roots:. Rhizobium extraction

Isolate oil degrading microbes Oil pollution remediation (bioremediation)

Phylogenetics and taxonomy - visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Swine Flu in New Zealand symptoms, treatment & pandemic planning

First place scientific journalism winner - Do the Benefits of Science Outweigh the Risks?

Designing experiments / fair testing - You might like a printable PDF

Posters - Edit & take the file to a printer then walk out with a professional looking and easy to erect poster display!

Human Papilloma virus (HPV) Cervical Cancer Vaccine DVD source of factual errors - cause of concern for NCEA science exam

HPV vaccine: Did the Ministry of Health and schools breach privacy by sharing data?

NCEA Microbiology errors A review team of teachers and microbiologists finds serious errors in NCEA Science papers ... read NZQA response

 

Public interest

Ministry of Health thinks a T4 phage looks like Human Papilloma virus

  • Community health
  • Privacy rights
  • Exposing incorrect information
  • Education issues for parents...

Swine Flu in New Zealand: symptoms, treatment & pandemic planning

Human Papilloma virus (HPV) Cervical Cancer Vaccine DVD source of factual errors - cause of concern for NCEA science exam

HPV vaccine: Did the Ministry of Health and schools breach privacy by sharing data?

NCEA Microbiology errors A review team of teachers and microbiologists finds serious errors in NCEA Science papers ... read NZQA response

 

Equipment / Techniques

Build your own microscope from old lenses

Build a microscope - see a whole new world!

Add a camera to the eye piece... take photos from your microscope

Look at these amazing electron microscope photos - the UGLIEST creature on the website is here

Isolate nitrogen fixing bacteria from clover roots:. Rhizobium extraction

Isolate oil degrading microbes Oil pollution remediation (bioremediation)

Phylogenetics and taxonomy - visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information

 

Caulobacter research

Christine Fenton, expert on Caulobacter species in New Zealand

Early work on horizontal gene tranfer...do these microbes play a role in the tranmission of antibiotic resistance genes of medical importance?

The role of Caulobacter in the spread of antibiotic resistance genes

The Isolation and Characterisation of Caulobacter species from Manawatu Water Systems (M.Sc thesis)

The Isolation and Characterisation of New Zealand Caulobacter Species. M. FENTON, C.D. FENTON* AND K. STEWART. (presented at the 1999 New Zealand Microbiological Society conference at Otago University, November 23rd - 26th).

 

Rhizobium research

New Zealand pastures depend on nitrogen

The role of Rhizobium species in nitrogen fixation and New Zealand pastures

Isolate nitrogen fixing bacteria from clover roots:. Rhizobium extraction

The Expression in Soil Bacreria of Symbiotic Genes from Rhizobium Leguminosarum biovar trifolii (M.Sc thesis)

This research looking at horizontal gene transfer was controversial at the time...Rhizobium species can inadvertantly create competitors that colonise their host but are ineffective at fixing atmospheric nitrogen

 

Conference 2010

Build your own microscope from old lenses

NZMS conference 2010

New Zealand Microbiological Society conference, University of Auckland, 2010

 Learn about safe school microbiology experiments and take home learning resources.

 

School students as young scientists:

The New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS) has assisted with NRG students attending conferences in 1999 and 2001. Members of the NZMS have also encouraged our students to take part in new projects and have offered advice and guidance.

High School students present research at the New Zealand Microbiological Society conference

Year 9 (Form Three) & Year 12 (Form Six) students present a research poster at the 2001 NZMS conference in Wellington.

Most teachers reported being confident in teaching microbiology ... yet most reported that they DID NOT meet the guidelines for safe handling and disposal of micro-organisms.

High School student is invited guest speaker at the New Zealand Microbiological Society conference

At the same conference, a presentation on the teaching of Microbiology in Secondary schools in New Zealand from a students perspective.

  • Most science students only experience of microbiology is during a three week period in Year 11.
  • Many schools do not meet the guidelines for safe handling and disposal of micro-organisms.
Using a light microscope to examine water samples being enriched for Caulobacter species

Kelly Stewart uses a light microscope to study Caulobacter in North Island water supplies.

The Isolation and Characterisation of New Zealand Caulobacter Species.

 

 

 

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