bacteria identification?

i am conducting a research project involving identifying bacteria. i obviously as a high school senior don't know how so i need some tips or books i can buy or a website. i can identify characteristics just have never obtained any knowledge of names. any help????

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are several tests you will need to perform before you can identify your bacteria. And before you can do any experiments at all, you have to make sure you have a pure colony of bacteria with no other organisms growing it, which is not as easy as it sounds.

    After your experiments are done (Gram stain, endospore stain, growth on several different medias, etc.) then go to Bergey's Manual. I don't think it is available online so you have to go to the library or bookstore.

    I am trying to identify a bacteria for my microbiology class. I think mine is some sort of enterobacteria. Good luck with your project.

    Source(s): It's all in my brain.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Do you have a picture of it? If so, you can maybe google the charateristics like if it is round (cocci), rod (bacillus) or spiraled (spirochette) . Then the color and if you have to info about what environment it lives in or agar plate. There are some sites that show pictures of all of the different types of bacteria. Maybe even explain what it looks like on here?

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  • 1 decade ago

    the first step is always the gram stain. when doing this, remember the step that most people mess up with is using too much decolorizer. once you id if it's gram pos or gram neg, then id it as far as cocci, rod, coccobacillus, diplococci, etc. more than likely what you will be finding is an aerobe. then you can do further research in what testing to perform to narrow things down.

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  • 1 decade ago

    get mayo clinic lab manual..they have some experiments with it...google mayo clinic bacteria identification

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bacteria (singular: bacterium) are unicellular microorganisms. They are typically a few micrometres long and have many shapes including curved rods, spheres, rods, and spirals. The study of bacteria is bacteriology, a branch of microbiology. Bacteria are ubiquitous in every habitat on Earth, growing in soil, acidic hot springs, radioactive waste,[1] seawater, and deep in the earth's crust. There are typically 40 million bacterial cells in a gram of soil and a million bacterial cells in a millilitre of fresh water; in all, there are approximately five nonillion (5×1030) bacteria in the world.[2] Bacteria are vital in recycling nutrients, and many important steps in nutrient cycles depend on bacteria, such as the fixation of nitrogen from the atmosphere. However, most of these bacteria have not been characterised, and only about half of the phyla of bacteria have species that can be cultured in the laboratory.[3]

    There are approximately 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the human body, with large numbers of bacteria on the skin and in the digestive tract.[4] Although the vast majority of these bacteria are rendered harmless or beneficial by the protective effects of the immune system, a few pathogenic bacteria cause infectious diseases, including cholera, syphilis, anthrax, leprosy and bubonic plague. The most common fatal bacterial diseases are respiratory infections, with tuberculosis alone killing about 2 million people a year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.[5] In developed countries, antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections and in various agricultural processes, so antibiotic resistance is becoming common. In industry, bacteria are important in processes such as wastewater treatment, the production of cheese and yoghurt, and the manufacture of antibiotics and other chemicals.[6]

    Bacteria are prokaryotes. Unlike cells of animals and other eukaryotes, bacterial cells do not contain a nucleus and rarely harbour membrane-bound organelles. Although the term bacteria traditionally included all prokaryotes, the scientific nomenclature changed after the discovery that prokaryotic life consists of two very different groups of organisms that evolved independently from an ancient common ancestor. These evolutionary domains are called Bacteria and Archaea.[7]

    go here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteria

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  • 1 decade ago

    www.smarter.com and type in bacterium identification

    or

    www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/vlabs/bacterial_id/index.html

    www.totaljoints.info/BACTERIA_information.htm (this 1s good

    it tells you characteristics of the bacteria and the reactions they cause)

    http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0212089/bac.htm (pics. descriptions, and step by step instructions of how to identify bacteria urself)

    hth

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you sure have an unusual lab teacher with no examples. i think you will find it impossible without books, photos, examples etc. give up this course and try a lit class. they are not ready for you.

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  • Go to www.google.com

    In the space there type "bacteria"

    Problem solved.

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  • Joe L
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I would look in a book.

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