This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2006. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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A laboratory unit investigating 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid degradation in soils
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Amy Treonis
University of Richmond

Teresa Johnson
College of Wooster

Diuto Esiobu
Florida Atlantic University


Possible Audiences:

Biology majors in a Microbiology or Microbial Ecology course with a lab component  


Brief Overview:

This laboratory unit will incorporate concepts of enrichment culture, microbial identification using 16S rDNA, and functional genomics.  



- Soil24D1.ppt