Isolating a Colony from a Soil Sample

Picking a Site For this example, we chose two sites, just south of the Chemistry & Biology Building at Montana Tech. We named them according to preconceptions as to what would grow there (possibly not good scientific practice!). Let’s call the first site our BAD soil sample site, a dry site with some fine gravel […]

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Colonizing & Culturing Microbes

In this module, we will culture microbe colonies from our soil samples in order to determine what is living in our soil. In biology, a colony refers to several individual organisms of the same species living closely together, usually for mutual benefit. A bacterial colony (or colony of other microorganisms) is a cluster of organisms […]

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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.