Basic Practical Microbiology: a Manual

This manual, from the Microbiology Society, provides a basic introduction to microbiology, aseptic technique and safety.

Part 1 of the book includes information on good microbiological laboratory practice, equipment, preparation of culture media, sterilisation and disinfection, inoculation, aseptic technique, incubation, cultures, contamination and working with moulds, bacteria and yeasts.

Part 2 describes practical activities which students can carry out:

  • Testing sensitivity to antimicrobial substances.
  • Microscopy: using the microscope; stained preparations; making a smear; a simple stain; a differential stain; Gram’s staining method.

Show health and safety information

Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.


Published by


Share this resource

Lists that tag this content