Applied Science BTEC Nationals/Microbiological Techniques

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On completion of this unit a learner should:

1. Be able to identify the characteristic features and functions of akaryotes, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
2. Be able to use aseptic techniques to culture micro-organisms
3. Be able to determine the factors that influence the growth of micro-organisms
4. Know how to identify micro-organisms.

Resources[edit| edit source]

Edexcel recommend the following resources.

Textbooks[edit| edit source]

Adds J, Larkcom E and Miller R — Microorganisms and Biotechnology (Nelson Thornes Ltd, 1998) ISBN 0174482698

Taylor J — Microorganisms and Biotechnology (Bath Advanced Science Series) (Nelson Thornes Ltd, 2001) ISBN 0174482558

Tortora G J, Funke B R and Case C L — Microbiology: An Introduction (Benjamin Cummings, 2005) ISBN 0805377522

Journals[edit| edit source]

Biological Science Review

Microbiology Today

New Scientist

Websites[edit| edit source]

‘Cells Alive’ by Quill Graphics

Maricopa Online Biology textbook.

‘Molecular Expressions’ Virtual Microscopy

Nikon Microscopy Digital Movie Gallery

Society of General Microbiology