Educational Materials and Teaching Tools
The following links may be useful to educators searching for suitable classroom
material on genomics, systems biology, and microbes. These materials provide
resources for educators to enhance existing curricula.
- The Genomics for Energy and Environmental Placemat (January 2011) is a two-page, 11" x 17" color document that explains genomics, DNA, metagenomics, and omics; depicts genome expression in plant and bacterial cells; includes a chart showing the three-letter mRNA codons and the particular amino acids they specify; and includes a timeline of select milestones in genomics history.
Biofuels Primer (May 2007) is a two-page, 11" x 17" color
document in two parts.
Part 1: From Biomass to Cellulosic Ethanol. Depicts the process used
to convert biomass (plant matter) into cellulosic ethanol and the improvements
needed to optimize these processes.
Part 2: Understanding Biomass: Plant
Cell Walls. Explains plant cell-wall structure and some issues preventing
their efficient conversion to ethanol.
- Image Gallery
Genomic Science Program Reports on science, biofuels,
climate stabilization, and bioremediation
Virtual Library: Genetics (includes
plant and microbial genomes)
on Microbial Genomics covers the basic science of microbial genetics
- U.S. Department of Energy, Microbial
Genome Program Report, February 2000. History and importance of
the study of microbes to the Department of Energy
The Microbial World: A Challenging
on the vast and genetically rich resource of the microbes.
- DOE Bioenergy Research Centers
Gut: Nature’s Microbial Bioreactor for Digesting
Wood and Making Biofuels. A collaboration of researchers has sequenced
and analyzed microbial DNA extracted from the guts of hundreds of
a nest in a Costa Rican rainforest.
of Hydrogen from Water. Under certain conditions
green algae and cyanobacteria can produce hydrogen gas (H2).
Bioenergy Research Centers Education and Outreach
Life Educational Resources, microbiology educational materials
World: Biotechnology and You magazine [Free PDFs available
of all issues covering such topics as microbes, biofuels, and nanobiotechnology]
- The DNA Files, Radio
Program exploring genetics and its ethical, legal, and social implications.
Microbe World. Newsfeed of microbial headlines. Also, explore
bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes. Microbial facts and
trivia. Vivid images of microbes like bacteria and algae. (Brought
to you by ASM, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy)
- Biotoon: The Book of Life According
to Bacteria, flash presentation
of Microbes: Fascinating Fieldwork presented by NASA Astrobiology
- Digital Learning Center Microbe