Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Microbiology Notes

Notes on Bacteria and Viruses
Slideshow on disease

check out : Prince of Wales:  Microbial Wine and Cheese  
Many foods are made by the action of microbes from kingdom Monera, or Fungi.  In a group of two or three, prepare a plate artistically displaying an sample of a food that is made by a microbe.  For example, sourdough bread is made by the action of lactobacillus and Propionibacterium freudenreichii produces emmental cheese.  In the history of food, it seems, there was always someone who decided to try something that looked like it had gone bad and said,  "hey, a little off, but…not bad!"  And thus the birth of beer, bread, cheese, natto! 
Due in the library, dec 16...  during the morning.  Please bring a tea mug for the fermented Camellia sinensis. This is what we will be drinking.  De-alc beer and wine provided by Mr. Haji.  semi-formal event.  if you have a musical instrument, please bring it!  make only enough for your own group to eat and include a bite for the vp or principal who plans to drop in for a taste.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Volunteer opportunity Pacific Spirit Park

Here is a great opportunity for volunteering and blogging: If you enjoy being in the forest, and you would like to be a youth leader, check out this opportunity:

Hi there Susan,
This is Lauren, co-head of the youth committee of PSPS. I hope you are doing well!
Maddy and I have been planning a new project for this upcoming year that maintains the same focus as Forum in the Forest (which you might remember as the Earth Week event from last April) but on a monthly basis. We are looking for interested and committed youth volunteers to lead our monthly "Trail Treks".

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rhizobium Bacteria live in the root nodules of legumes

today we looked at the root nodules in a legume plant.  These plants have a symbiotic relationship with a nitrogen fixing bacteria called rhizobium.  Not all plants have these nodules. Legumes are plants that make pods like soybean, clover, alfalfa, kidney beans, peas.

We tested several plants for the presence of nodules and to discover which ones are, in fact, legumes.  We also observed some insects found on some of the specimens.