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In our Microbiology 102 course at UW-Madison, we inform students at the start that – in the lab – we are only working with the relatively small universe of bacterial species that are "easy to grow" and – for that matter – easy to test in the laboratory. Far from being of limited consequence, they are the type of organism that (depending on the particular species) can proliferate in food (causing spoilage), the general environment (participating in various levels of biodegradation), and us (causing disease) – and can also "contaminate" things in general. These organisms can be readily isolated from natural samples and food products as we will find out from time to time. What we learn from the organisms that we study in our lab can apply to bacteria in general – including those that cannot be cultured in a lab at all – and also higher forms of life such as us. Unlike other introductory lab courses, we go beyond the usual respiring and fermenting organisms and also study phototrophs, specifically the ubiquitous purple non-sulfur photosynthetic bacteria. We are filling in "the big picture" as one sees as the course progresses – not memorizing a bunch of trivia that we can forget about after each quiz.
The summaries of microbiological concepts are provided herein for those who might appreciate a somewhat organized and simplified approach to teaching these things. What too-often passes for instruction on these topics is self-contradictory with a lot of micromanipulation to cover what can be perceived as "exceptions" or "special cases" when they may not be so. Cases in point:
In summary, the following selected general bacteriology topics form the substance of www.jlindquist.net/generalmicro and were originally at www.bact.wisc.edu way back in the 1900s:
Resource Pages Found in a Related Domain
Reference pages about certain general topics that have been oriented more specifically to the Bacteriology 102 course are on the old Bacteriology 102 Site which is at www.splammo.net/bact102 (and was also formerly at www.bact.wisc.edu). This site has its home page here and includes the following useful pages which have been updated despite the "archived" nature of the site:
Under development is the beta-galactosidase page which is presently hidden away here. This page and the table on this page would be especially helpful for present-day Microbiology 304 students at UW-Madison, one would think.
A new Microbiology 102 Site at www.jlindquist.net/microbiology102 is carrying on the mission of the aforementioned archived/retired Bacteriology 102 Site. The home page for the present semester is here.
Draining the web of its cesspool of piracy and plagiarism is long overdue. There exist certain publicly-funded .edu sites which copy old editions (circa 2000) of many of the above-listed pages without authorization. Improvements and corrections are not reflected – nor are changes in our teaching methods and course content. Links are broken and images are missing. Unfortunately these pages rank high with search engines, but happily the sites by these identity thief-wannabes are easily detected as just described.