CSES 5061/6061 Soil Microbiology Lab
ABOUT THE COURSE:
Soil Microbiology Lab is a senior undergraduate or graduate level course designed to provide students with hands-on experiences to study soil microorganisms. Students will learn aseptic techniques, Gram stain, plate counts, and extraction of DNA from soil, as well as how to use a microscope, and how to determine soil microbial biomass, soil enzyme activity, nitrificaition, denitrification, and symbiotic nitrogen fixation.
The lab is taught on Auburn University campus and is being made available in 5 days (during spring break) for distance education students that need the lab portion of the course.
- The compound microscope and gram-staining techniques
- Enumeration of soil bacteria, actinomycetes, and fungi
- Microbial biomass by fumigation-incubation
- Phosphatase activity in soil
- Extraction of soil DNA
- Nitrification and denitrification by soil bacteria
- Symbiotic nitrogen fixation
There is no textbook for this lab course. Handouts for each lab can be downloaded from the Blackboard course website.
*CSES 5061 is the undergraduate version of the course / CSES 6061 is the graduate level version of the course