[Microbiology] Re: science project
farrlarr at isu.edu
Fri Aug 25 15:05:41 EST 2006
Gardner, Catherine (DHS) wrote:
> My son is doing a science project. we will be taking swabs of certain
> surfaces to see what is growing on them.
> what shoud we use and where can we buy these materials.
> help !
> a very thankful mother.
> ladyg32 at hotmai.com <mailto:ladyg32 at hotmai.com>
Your message leaves lots of questions unanswered.
What kinds of things is he looking for
(bacteria, yeasts, fungi), what kind of experience
does he have in microbiological techniques, etc.?
You aren't going to be able to buy standard
materials used for microbiology at your local
drugstore or big box store. You can find cotton
swabs and sterile saline to moisten the swabs, but
the swabs will most likely not be sterile so the
swabs used will contribute to what grows. You
will not be able to buy petri dishes of
microbiological media, which are required to get
stuff to grow.
Larry D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Idaho State University
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