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Notes on maintaining stock cultures, and preparing actively growing cultures for use by students.

Notes based on information in 'Basic practical microbiology' © Society for General Microbiology.

Notes based on information in 'Basic practical microbiology' © Society for General Microbiology.

Notes based on information in 'Basic practical microbiology' © Society for General Microbiology.

The ability to make different culture media for culturing different microorganisms is an essential part of any microbiology investigation.

This protocol can be used to investigate the effects of a range of substances that may have anti-microbial action. You can adapt it to see the effects of bactericides (that kill bacteria), bacteriostatic substances (halt microbial growth, such as, some bactericides at low dilutions). The method could be used to compare the efficacy of a range of antimicrobials in personal hygiene products (