Resources for Microbiology

Safety in Laboratories

This document prepared by our partner BioTek Australia Pty. Ltd. specifically sets out requirements, responsibilities and general guidelines which promote safety in school laboratories where microorganisms (protozoa, fungi, free-living bacteria, celldependent bacteria and viruses) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are handled. The document is based on:  
• Australian/New Zealand Standard ™ AS/NZS 2243.3:2002 (Safety in laboratories, Part 3: Microbiological aspects and containment facilities). Available from
 • The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) - Handbook on the Regulation of Gene Technology in Australia. Available from www.
 • The Queensland Department of Education Manual (DOEM) - Health and Safety Modules. 
• Education Queensland, Aspects of Science Management: A Reference Manual for Schools. (1997). 

Note: the standard has been updated in 2016, as of writing, this document has not been updated to reflect any changes. We will endeavor to update this document as soon as possible. 

Slides: Microbiology in the classroom

These slides were presented at ASET 2016, Sept 20. 


List of Microbes

This document is a list of microorganisms available through STEM Reactor. The optimal growth conditions and descriptions are included.