Translator Disclaimer
1 July 2008 Integrating Mathematics into Microbiology: Statistical Analysis of Biolog Community Level Phenotype Profiling
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Here we describe an undergraduate microbiology laboratory exercise that examines differences between an anthropogenic and a natural soil microbial community. These two microbiological communities were analyzed using community level physiological profiling, a quantitative method for describing the microbial composition of the bacterial community using carbon source utilization. Specifically, Biolog EcoPlate Microplates were used to determine quantitatively the use of 31 different carbon sources for oxidative respiration by each community. Carbon source utilization was compared between communities and within communities using univariate statistical techniques. The utility of this exercise in teaching how statistical analysis is informative in the biological sciences is discussed, as well as strategies to include a range of statistical analysis from descriptive and univariate techniques to multivariate approaches.

Pamela A. Marshall and Ken G. Sweat "Integrating Mathematics into Microbiology: Statistical Analysis of Biolog Community Level Phenotype Profiling," Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 40(2), (1 July 2008). https://doi.org/10.2181/1533-6085-40.2.157
Published: 1 July 2008
JOURNAL ARTICLE
3 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top