Case study: laboratory techniques for diagnosis of plant diseases
Preparation of pathogens
Unit 3 - Cultures
Types of culture
Types of glassware
Commonly used examples
Preparation of agar plates
Streak plate method protocol
Pour plate method
Factors affecting microbial growth
Stages in the development of a disease in plants
Virus replication cycle
The microbiology laboratory
Setting up a simple home laboratory
Unit 4 - Microbial taxonomy
What is taxonomy?
Good and bad microorganisms
Good things microorganisms do
Unit 5 - Bacteria
Structure of a prokaryotic cell
Bacterial cell wall structure
Gram positive and negative organisms
Gram stain reaction protocol
Bacterial diseases in plants
Plant case studies (bacterial diseases)
Bacterial diseases in animals
Case study: tetanus
Bacterial diseases in humans
Unit 6 - Viruses
Anatomy of the virion
Animal viruses: Baltimore classification
Viral diseases in humans
Case study: human swine flu – influenza a H1N1 or Hini Influenza 09
Viral diseases in plants
Case studies: plant viruses
Viral diseases in animals
Case studies: animal viruses
Unit 7 - Other microbes
Case study: candida
Animal-like protists (protozoa)
Unit 8 - Immunology
Types of immunity
General immune response
Unit 9 - Applied microbiology
Microbiology in agriculture and horticulture
Microbiology and horticultural practices
Soil biological management
The nitrogen cycle
How to improve soil biology
Rhizobium bacteria and soil fertility
Microbiology and plant pathology
How bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms infect plants
Lifecycle of nematodes
The role of insects in the spread of disease
Microbiology in food technology and management
Deterioration of food
Reducing food spoilage by microorganisms
Microbiology and pharmaceuticals
Microbes in humans
Diseases and animal/human interactions
Microbiology and health management in animals
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