Questions for understanding microbiology Lab equipment

  • Mention and explain the uses of any 5 equipment/instruments found in the microbiology laboratory.
  • What is a centrifuge and incubator used for?
  • Explain the significance of inoculating loop in microbiological research.
  • What is the importance of Petri dish in microbiological research?
  • What is the main function of thermocycler in the microbiology laboratory?
  • What is an autoclave?
  • Succinctly explain the importance of weighing balance and cork borer in the microbiology laboratory.
  • State the temperature, time and pressure limit observed during sterilization using the autoclave.
  • What is a colony counter?
  • Define colony forming unit (CFU).
  • Define microscope; and briefly explain its significance in the microbiology laboratory.
  • Explain the significance of pH meter and biosafety laminar flow cabinet in the microbiology laboratory.
  • What is the importance of hot air oven and water bath in the microbiology laboratory?
  • Explain the importance of McCartney bottles and Bijou bottles in microbiological research.
  • Define centrifugation.
  • What is the difference between a supernatant and a sediment/pellet?
  • What is the significance of a thermocycler in the microbiology laboratory?
  • Which equipment is used for counting colonies of bacteria in the microbiology laboratory?
  • What is the full meaning of the acronym “CFU”?
  • Define buffers, and mention its components.
  • Which equipment is used to maintain microbial cells or culture media at thermostatically-stable temperature in the laboratory?

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