Importance of Microbiology Teaching and Microbial Resource Management for Sustainable Futures

Importance of Microbiology Teaching and Microbial Resource Management for Sustainable Futures

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  • Editor: Ipek Kurtboke
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128182727
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128182734

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Importance of Microbiology Teaching and Microbial Resource Management for Sustainable Futures brings experts together to highlight the importance of microbiology-discipline-based teaching with its unique skills-based approaches. The book discusses how microscope microbiology has received significant attention since microorganisms played a significant role in the advancement, as well as destruction of, mankind during incidences such as the black death. With the discovery of penicillin from a fungal culture, the beneficial role of microorganisms has been a major catalyst in the progress of biological sciences.Interestingly, there are fundamental aspects of microbiology that did not change since revelations of their identity dating back to the Pasteur era. This book details the progress made and milestones that have been set in the science.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes traditional and discipline-based teaching with a focus on microbiology
  • Combines pedagogy and the challenges faced in the post-genomic era
  • Provides examples from various parts of the world, including from the Pasteur Institute


Researchers, teachers, students, tertiary education institutions dealing with microbiology

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Pasteurisation for sustainable futures
  • Sustainability and sustainable development goals
  • Biomimicry and sustainability
  • Role of microbiology in sustainability
  • Pasteur and the prepared mind
  • Pasteur and the use-inspired research
  • Increasingly important role of regional engagement for timely delivery of the SDGs: ‘globally competitive but locally engaged’
  • Microbiology discipline-based teaching and Pasteurian pedagogies
  • Global citizenship education
  • Understanding scholarship and expertise
  • Future prospects and obstacles for a prepared mind
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 2. Public perception of microorganisms and microbiology education: a need for enhancing society's microbiology literacy
  • Public perception: conceptions and social representations
  • Microbiology education: educational actors' conceptions and didactic transposition
  • Pupils' perception of microorganisms and microbiology education
  • Enhancing society's microbiology literacy
  • Chapter 3. Skills and education for engineering biology
  • Introduction
  • Three pillars of context: engineering biology and sustainability
  • Bio-foundries and the design-build-test-learn cycle as a new manufacturing paradigm
  • Three examples of engineering biology and sustainability
  • Multidisciplinary education
  • Synthetic biology presents unique challenges
  • Some approaches to engineering biology education and training
  • Concluding remarks
  • Disclaimer statement
  • Chapter 4. Multimedia in microbiology education: a critical sustainable resource
  • Using multimedia to create active learning opportunities
  • Types of graphics
  • Creating a collection of multimedia resources
  • Part 1: Strategies to reduce cognitive overload
  • The use of animations
  • PowerPoint design
  • Part 2: How do we manage our multimedia resources?
  • Part 3: How can we ensure that our multimedia learning is transformative?
  • Summary of useful points to note when designing multimedia
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. Improving public understanding of microorganisms by integrating microbiology concepts into science teaching throughout the education system
  • Introduction
  • STEM literacy
  • Microbiological literacy
  • Microbiology teaching in primary school
  • Microbiology teaching in secondary school
  • Tertiary microbiology teaching
  • Student safety in the laboratory
  • Mechanisms of learning science
  • How do we learn?
  • Forming a sound knowledge basis to allow higher-order activities
  • Which online activities engage students?
  • Integrating fun into lectures
  • Other activities
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Data management in culture collections
  • Objectives of data management in culture collections
  • History of data collection (from paper over Excel to complex databases)
  • Types of data
  • Harmonisation of data
  • Approaches for data harmonisation across several collections
  • The data treasures in culture collections and projects around it
  • The Global Catalogue of Microorganisms, GCM
  • Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure, MIRRI
  • Bacterial Diversity metadatabase, BacDive
  • Electronic nomenclature repositories for Fungi
  • Nomenclatural services for prokaryotes
  • BioloMICS and culture collections catalogues
  • Concluding remarks
  • Chapter 7. Quality and competence management in microbial biobanks
  • Introduction
  • The quality infrastruture and role of standards
  • How does the quality infrastructure work?
  • Standards for microbial biobanks
  • ISO standards in microbial biobanks
  • Quality management model in microbial biobanks
  • Standards' centrepieces
  • Final remarks
  • Chapter 8. Microbial preservation for biotechnological development
  • Introduction
  • Microbial isolation: from sources to preservation
  • Preservation techniques for microorganisms and microbial communities
  • Microbial stock management and quality control in BRCs
  • Data preservation in BRCs
  • Summary
  • Chapter 9. Contribution of CABI and culture collections to a sustainable future through the utilisation of microbial genetic resources
  • Introduction
  • Range of holdings in the CABI collection and their uses
  • Agricultural sector
  • CABI's biotechnology solutions for industry
  • Test strains
  • CABI services based on the collection
  • Microbial Identification Service
  • Culture supply
  • Deposit
  • Microbial investigation, detection and testing service
  • Contracts, research and consultancies
  • Screening the collection
  • Expanding from single organisms to microbial communities
  • CABI contribution to education and training
  • CABI collection contribution to research through publicly funded projects
  • CABI collection role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Recommendations for future development
  • Discussion, lessons learned and conclusions
  • Chapter 10. Understanding the ecological roles of dictyostelid social amoebae for a sustainable future
  • Introduction
  • Life cycle of dictyostelids
  • Systematics and evolution of dictyostelids
  • Ecology and diversity of dictyostelids
  • Dictyostelids as sources of bioactive compounds
  • Dictyostelium genomes
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 11. Yeast in a megadiverse country for sustainable futures
  • Introduction
  • The significance of microbial collections in a megadiverse country like Ecuador
  • Case studies of sustainable technologies for biotechnology applications
  • Culture collection management
  • Final remarks
  • Chapter 12. Yeast as a model organism for teaching biotechnology and human cell biology leading to sustainable futures
  • Yeast, as an inexpensive, convenient and excellent teaching resource
  • Yeast diversity
  • Yeast genetics
  • Basic microbiology training: testing of sterile techniques
  • Food and beverage production
  • Transforming yeast and producing a protein that can be readily observed
  • Demonstrating mitochondrial function
  • Chromosomal genetic engineering
  • Yeast as a model organism
  • Anti-folate resistance
  • Unravelling functions of HIV-1 auxiliary proteins
  • Amyloid beta and Alzheimer's disease
  • Studies on statins including their protection against Alzheimer's disease
  • Conclusions
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 376
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: April 14, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128182727
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128182734

About the Editor

Ipek Kurtboke

Dr Kurtböke is an internationally reputed actinomycetologist and she has been in the field of biodiscovery since 1982 conducting research into discovery of novel and potent threpeutic compounds produced by actinomycetes in Turkey, Italy, the UK and Australia. Her most significant contribution has been the development of a novel isolation technique that selectively cultures rare actinomycetes with industrial importance which was adopted and applied by leading pharmaceutical companies since the 1990s. She has established bio-resource libraries for joint screening ventures with leading pharmaceutical companies in different settings since 1990s. Dr Kurtböke’s methodological strength in the field of actinomycetology played a key role in the detection of novel actinomycetes and contributed towards the establishment of yet another microbial library of bioactive actinomycetes at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Queensland, Australia since 2001. The library has been used for research and teaching activities at the USC as well as in partnership with regional, national and international collaborators for discovery of new drugs, agrobiologicals, enzymes and environmentally-friendly biotechnological innovations.

Dr Kurtböke has been a member of the Biodiscovery Industry Panel established by the AusBiotech and DEHWA which networks Australian biodiscovery operators. She was also one of the founding members of the Australian Microbial Resources Research Network currently linked with the Atlas of Living Australia and implements a Biolomics system for microbial data sharing. She has also been an active member of the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) including serving as the Vice-President of the Federation (2010-2013). WFCC provides a nest to the World Data Centre of Microorganisms (WDCM) which maintains large volumes of data from global culture collections. WFCC also strategically links with the OECD's Global Biological Resources Initiative and the Global Biological Information Facility for long term maintenance and conservation of microorganisms and related information. The fortcoming book titled Microbial Resources-from functional existence in nature to industrial applications edited by Dr Kurtbӧke will bring experts in the fields of microbial ecology, taxonomy, culture collections and industrial microbiology together to highlight the importance of microbial genetic resources for global sustainability and biotechnological innovations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast, Genecology Research Centre and Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, Maroochydore DC, QLD, Australia

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