Bacteria Studies - Environmental Education

 

 

BioPaddles

LaMotte BioPaddles™
Microbiology Simplified!

Biopaddles-in use
  • Ready to use. Saves time!
  • Longer shelf-life than traditional Petri dishes
  • No refrigeration required
  • Simple incubation requirements
  • Unique design enhances colony morphology characterization
  • Apps available for pressumtive ID's

BioPaddles® are flexible dual-agar paddles each containing microbe-specific media enclosed in a sterile vial. Identify and quantify microbes in air, soil, water, or any surface! BioPaddles® do not require any other testing equipment – only a magnifier and warm place (35°C or incubator) are needed.

 

Liquid Sampling: Remove the paddle from the vial and fill the vial (approximately 40ml) with the sample. Insert the paddle, swirl for 15 seconds. Pour out the liquid, and replace the paddle in the vial and incubate.

 

Surface Sampling: Remove the paddle from the vial and gently touch each paddle media surface to the sample surface twice per side. Replace paddle in the vial and incubate.

 

Air Sampling: Remove the paddle from the vial. Invert and mount the circular cap into the vial, exposing the agar covered paddle. Expose for 15 minutes. Replace the paddle in the vial and incubate.

 

All BioPaddle products include a free app! LaMotte BioPaddle Colony ID lite App allows users to compare the “unknown” microbe growth on the BioPaddle to a library of images of “known” microbe colonies from 5 microhabitats (air, water, soil, surface and food).

New BioPaddle Colony ID full app now available! Click here to view the BioPaddle Apps.

BioPaddle Products – all packaged 10 paddles per box. Includes a technical information sheet.

Note: Dated material. Specify ship date. Orders may be placed in advance. Orders are shipped Mondays and Tuesdays from Maryland.

BioPaddles

5550

BioPaddles® - Nutrient Agar (NA)

Order Code: 5550

The BioPaddles® NA/NA can be used for the cultivation of a wide variety of non-fastidious bacteria.


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5551

BioPaddles® - Sabouraud Dextrose Agar (SAB)

Order Code: 5551

The BioPaddles® SAB/SAB can be used for the Selective isolation of fungi (yeasts and molds) (SAB).


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5552

BioPaddles® - Tryptic Soy Agar (TSA) & Rose Bengal Chloramphenicol Agar (RB)

Order Code: 5552

The BioPaddles® TSA/RB can be used for the cultivation of a wide variety of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms (TSA) Selective enumeration and cultivation of yeasts, molds and Actinomycetes from food and other surfaces. (RB)


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5553

BioPaddles® - Nutrient-TTC Agar (NUT-TTC) & MacConkey Agar (MAC)

Order Code: 5553

The BioPaddles® NUT-TTC/MAC uses Nutrient-TTC Agar (NUT-TTC) MacConkey Agar (MAC) for the isolation and differentiation of Gram (-) enteric bacilli. Coliform Testing / Recovery of Stressed Coliforms.


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BioPaddle® Total Coliform Activity

BioPaddle® Total Coliform Activity

Order Code: 5846

Fast and reliable cultivation and enumeration of coliform bacteria. Includes 5553/Nutrient TTC/MacConkey BioPaddles® (10 paddles.


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AP® Environmental Science Water Quality Assessment Curriculum Module

AP® Environmental Science Water Quality Assessment Curriculum Module

Order Code: 5845

The AP® Environmental Science WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT MODULE includes an extensive curriculum that uses the exploration of the Water Quality Index to teach students STEM-based skills. Classroom and field activities satisfy Section VI (Water Pollution) of the AP® Environmental Topics Outline.


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AP® The Water Quality Assessment Package

AP® The Water Quality Assessment Package

Order Code: 5845-PKG

Combines the Water Quality Educator (Code 5870-01) and the AP® Environmental Water Quality Assessment Curriculum Module (Code 5845).


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BioPaddle Apps

 

 


Free Lite App

BioPaddlesLite
 

BioPaddles® Colony ID™ lite

Description

The BioPaddles® Colony ID™ lite app allows the user to presumptively identify microbe colonies on LaMotte BioPaddles® by comparing them to a library of 80 standard images covering 5 microhabitats (AIR, WATER, SOIL, SURFACE, and FOOD) and 9 paddle agar types. The image series includes side views, and top views at the colony and cell level.

Resource materials include instructions for use of the BioPaddles®, detailed fact sheets for each agar type and microbe genera (along with selected species) – including microhabitat preferences, procedures for common microbiological techniques, and examples of microbe growth on BioPaddles® from a variety of microhabitat sources.

 

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BioPaddles® Colony ID™ lite Tutorial PDF

 

biopaddles full app
 

BioPaddles® Colony ID™

Description

The BioPaddles® Colony ID™ includes over 250 standard images covering 30+ microbe genera in five microhabitats (AIR, WATER, SOIL, SURFACE, and FOOD) on 9 paddle agar types. The image series includes side views and top views at the colony and cell level.

New camera and reporting functions allow the user to import digital images and compare their samples to know standards. It also allows the user to create and email reports.

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BioPaddles® Colony ID™ Tutorial PDF

 

Instruction Card

 

View the BioPaddle Instruction Card

 

Coliform

4-3616-uv

Total Coliform/E. coli Indicator Bacteria Test Kit

Order Code: 4-3616-UV

The Total Coliform/E. coli Indicator Bacteria Test Kit (Code 4-3616-UV) includes five tubes, each with a nutrient tablet. The five tubes are inoculated with 10 mL of sample water each and incubated for 24 to 48 hours depending on the ambient temperature. A change in the color due to acid production and the formation of gas bubbles in the reconstituted gel indicates the presence of coliforms.


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AP® Environmental Science Water Quality Assessment Curriculum Module

AP® Environmental Science Water Quality Assessment Curriculum Module

Order Code: 5845

The AP® Environmental Science WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT MODULE includes an extensive curriculum that uses the exploration of the Water Quality Index to teach students STEM-based skills. Classroom and field activities satisfy Section VI (Water Pollution) of the AP® Environmental Topics Outline.


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4-3616

Total Coliform Test Kit for Drinking Water

Order Code: 4-3616

The Coliform Indicator Test Kit utilizes an easy-to-use, disposable 5-tube method to indicate the presence of Total Coliform Bacteria in a drinking water supply.


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5850

Total Coliform Test Kit - Recreational Water

Order Code: 5850

An easy-to-use, disposable tube method that indicates the presence of Total Coliform Bacteria in recreational water.


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3-00408

Coliscan CSK10

Order Code: 3-0040

Ideal for sample sizes of 1-5 mL of river water or other samples with many coliforms or E. coli expected. The sample is collected with a sterile bottle, added directly into a bottle of Coliscan® Easygel®, and poured into a pretreated Petri dish. Under warm conditions (32-37°C) results can be ready in 24 hours. 10 tests.


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3-00416

Coliscan MF10

Order Code: 3-0041

Ideal for large quantities of potable water or treated wastewater that contains a low level of coliforms or E. coli. Up to 100 mL of water is filtered through a membrane filter and placed on a Coliscan-MF nutrient rich pad in a Petri dish. 10 tests. Refill package contains enough materials to do 10 tests (refill does not include membrane filtration apparatus).


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Microbe Hunter™ Activities

Microbe Hunter™ Activities

A fun and safe way to bring STEM-based learning into the classroom!

5560 200x200 STEM-based activities guide students through the culturing and presumptive identification of common microbes on innovative BioPaddles® - each containing microbe-specific media enclosed in a sterile vial. Students apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to the exploration of microbes that they encounter every day. Activities develop critical thinking skills and emphasize engineering as a key component.

  • Culture grocery store products and school surroundings
  • Culture bacteria without Petri dishes – no prep time
  • Organized for classroom use
  • Five expandable & adaptable activities
  • Student teams design experiments
  • Digital Student Guide and Teacher Guide on CD
  • Step-by-step introductory to advanced activities
  • PowerPoint presentations for iPad, ID Guides, resources, links, etc.
  • Free microbe identification app from iTunes store

5560

Milk Microbe Hunter Activities

Order Code: 5560

Students identify and explore microbes cultured from popular dairy products like milk, yogurt, and Kefir. Teams design a monitoring method to determine when a dairy product is spoiled. Activities and topics include probiotics, fermentation, pasteurization, and shelf life. STEM extension activities include demonstrating the correlation between pH and milk curdling.


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5561

Surface Microbe Hunter Activities

Order Code: 5561

Students discover factors that influence the growth and removal of surface microbes, design and evaluate cleaning protocols, and compare the effectiveness of antimicrobial materials. Activities and topics include surface characteristics, microbial diversity, biofilms, surface microbe identification, sanitizers and disinfectants. STEM extension activities ask How Clean Are Kitchen Sponges? And use popular mousepads to answer Do Antimicrobials Keep Products Cleaner?


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5562

Air Microbe Hunter Activities

Order Code: 5562

Students predict which environmental conditions are favorable to airborne microbes and then propose and carry out a strategy to collect airborne microbes using passive sampling techniques. Students construct and calibrate an impact sampler to sample an airspace and determine airborne microbe contaminate levels. Activities and topics include the presumptive identification of airborne microbes, bioaerosols, cloud chemistry and precipitation, bacterial ice nucleators, and airborne diseases. STEM extension activities include How Did Fungus Get Into King Tut’s Tomb? and Dust and Dust Bunnies.


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5565

Food Microbe Hunter Activities

Order Code: 5565

Students determine what factors affect microbe growth in food by designing experiments to control intrinsic and extrinsic factors, predict the probability of microbe growth on foods, and design an experiment to prove their hypothesis about the preservative effects of pickling. Activities and topics include identification of microbes in and on food, food spoilage, moisture equilibrium, water activity,nutrients, and food as an ecosystem. STEM extension activities include evaluating the effectiveness of garlic as an antimicrobial agent and the demonstration of Koch’s Postulate.


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5563

Soil Microbe Hunter Activities

Order Code: 5563

Students research the process of soil formation, soil characteristics, and the influence of environmental conditions on soil microbe populations. Students assess and sample various soil ecosystems using the surface contact impression technique, dilution technique, root wash technique, and the Rossi-Cholodny buried slide contact transfer technique. Microbes are identified and enumerated to calculate microbial diversity.


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