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The Challenge: Make an Antibacterial Cream



The most successful antiseptic we tried was garlic and despite the humidity, heat and bat poo, we proved that a successful microbiology lab can be recreated just about anywhere.

Web Links

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Bacteria collecting on the Science Impact pages of Cal Poly Pomona University
Agar -- what it is, where it came from, Biolab, Clemson University
All about Agar on the University of Cape Town site
Growth and culturing of bacteria on The Bacteriophage Ecology Group site
Growing bacteria on the Mad Sci Network site
Making Bacteria Media from Potato on the Indiana Biolab site
Culturing Microorganisms on the Cornell Center for the Environment, Cornell University site

Kate and Ellen with the antibacterial cream
Kate and Ellen with the antibacterial cream

Books

The Biology of Plants by Peter H. Raven, Ray F. Evert, Susan E. Eichorn, Worth Publishers 1998; ISBN: 1572590416

Green Inheritance by Anthony Huxley and David Attenborough, Gaia Books 1991; ISBN: 1856750000

Aromatherapy Workbook
by Shirley Price, HarperCollins 1993; ISBN: 0722526458

Healing Garden: A Natural Haven for Body, Senses and Spirit by Sue Minter, Tuttle Publishing 1996; ISBN: 0804830835

Economic Botany: Plants in our World by Beryl Brintnall Simpson and Molly Conner-Ogorzaly, McGraw Hill College Div 2000; ISBN: 0072909382

The Seaweed Book: How to Find and Have Fun with Seaweed by Rose Treat, Laura Ford (Illustrator), James Sherrington (Illustrator) and Randy Duchaine, pub Star Bright Books 1995; ISBN: 1887734007

The River by Edward Hooper, Penguin, 2000; ISBN: 0140283773 (controversial, and long book about the origin of AIDS)

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garret, Penguin 1996; ISBN: 0140250913 (classic book about killer bugs)

The Invisible Enemy
by Dorothy H. Crawford, Oxford University Press, 2002; ISBN: 0198564813 (an OK book about viruses, up-to-date but a little inaccurate)

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, Corgi, ISBN: 0552143030 (cool story book based on fact - very famous. Superb read. Highly recommended)

Catching cold by Pete Davies, Penguin Books 2000; ISBN: 0140276270 (a cool book on the 1918 flu epidemic)

Flu by Gina Kolata, Pan 2001; ISBN: 0330484230 (a scientific history of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918)

Virus X
by Frank Ryan, Swift Publishers 1998; ISBN: 0006384552

The Virus Hunters by Joseph B. McCormick and Susan Fischer-Hoch, Bloomsbury 1996; ISBN: 0747530300

The Development, Manufacture and Control of Microbiological Culture Media by Eric Bridson, Oxoid Media Company, Unipath 1994

A couple of children's books:

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynn Cherry, pub 2000 Voyager Books; ISBN: 0152026142
El Gran Capoquero: UN Cuento De LA Selva Amazonica by Lynn Cherry, translated by Alma Ada, 1994 Harcourt; ISBN: 0152323201

Trees of the Caribbean by S.A. Seddon, Caribbean Publishing 1980 ; ISBN: 0333287932

Nature of the Islands: Plants and Animals of the Eastern Caribbean by Virginia Barlow, Cruising Guide Publications 1993; ISBN: 0944428134

Tropical Forests and Their Crops by Nigel J.H. Smith, J.T. Williams, Donald L. Plucknett and Jennifer P. Talbot, pub Cornell University Press 1992; ISBN: 0801427711(Discusses general groupings of useful plants)

Botany for Gardeners: An Introduction and Guide by Brian Capon, B.T. Batsford 1992; ISBN: 0713472529 (A good general text on how plants function)

A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America: (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru): With Supplementary Notes) by Alwyn H. Gentry and Adrian B. Forsyth, University of Chicago Press 1996; ISBN: 0226289443 (An excellent resource on learning to identify tropical plants in the field/forest)

Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics by Albert Y. Leung and Steven Foster. 1995 John Wiley & Sons Inc; ISBN: 0471508268 Fruits and Vegetables of the Caribbean by M.J.Bourne, G.W. Lennox, and S.A. Seddon, Caribbean Publishing 1988, ISBN: 0333453115