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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 30. Investigating Fungi

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.) If you are preparing your own live specimens, do so starting a week or so before you intend to do this lab session.

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Centrifuge tube, 50 mL

  • Coverslips

  • Inoculating loop

  • Magnifier

  • Pipettes

  • Reaction plate, 24-well

  • Scalpel

  • Slides, flat

  • Slides, deep well

  • Stain: eosin Y

  • Stain: Gram’s iodine

  • Stain: methylene blue

  • Stain: safranin O

  • Yeast

Materials You Provide

  • Gloves

  • Bags, plastic zip

  • Bread (without preservatives)

  • Butane lighter (or other flame source)

  • Microscope

  • Microtome (optional)

  • Mushroom (fresh)

  • Orange slice

  • Paper ...

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