Scientists and the Case of the Slimy Swimming Hole

There’s a chance that this summer you’ve headed to your favorite swimming hole or beach only to see a notice like this: WARNING! TOXIC ALGAE PRESENT Water Unsafe for People and Pets Such warning signs are often unnecessary. The change…

EdvoTech Tips: Sterilization without an autoclave

We're rolling out a new video series on our YouTube Channel:  Technical tip videos!  For our first, we'll be covering a frequent teacher question: how can I sterilize media without an expensive autoclave?  Read on for more information, or view…

Microbe hunting

Bacteria, yeast, and other microbes are a necessary part of natural part of the world.  Microbes are microscopic, meaning that we cannot see them with the naked eye.  Instead, we hunt for microorganisms in our homes using petri dishes filled…

Biotechnology Basics – Using BactoBeads™

What are BactoBeads™? BactoBeads™ are non-pathogenic, freeze-dried microbes (bacteria and lower eukaryotes) that are easily cultured for use in the classroom.  Each bead contains microorganisms, buffer, salts and nutrient broth in an instantly soluble pellet.  What is so special about…