Malaria is caused by the single-celled parasite Plasmodium. It is transmitted from one person to another by certain species of blood sucking mosquito. The parasite spends part of its complex life cycle inside red blood cells.
The following links provide further educational resources.
A website from the Association for Science Education including interactive electronic resources (e-sources) each containing written information, pictures, animations, quick questions and a glossary. Searchable by keywords or phrases.
Biology resources for educators, pupils and the general public. Includes discussion lists for teachers and technicians, careers, biology degree course and jobs information, a database of speakers and a resources library.
Resources and information to support all UK examining bodies AS and A2 Biology specifications. Arranged by topic with excellent links to other websites. Sections on microbiology and biotechnology. Extensive annotated list of links for microbiology, health and disease (including infectious disease and immunology) and biotechnology. Frequently updated.
Information on services, courses, kits and materials supplied by the NCBE, practical investigations (many of which are microbiological), special feature on genetically modified food and crops, safety information and an excellent links page to a wide range of biotechnology websites.
Practical Biology provides teachers of biology at all levels with experiments that demonstrate a wide range of biological concepts and processes. Each practical may be used alone or as a starting-point for open-ended investigations or enhancement activities, such as clubs or open-day events. Experiments are placed within real-life contexts, with links to carefully selected further reading, enabling teachers to show relevance and illustrate the key principles of How Science Works.
SAPS promotes the teaching of plant science and molecular biology. The website includes details of workshops, publications, practical kits plus information and an extensive links page. SAPS covers some microbiology, especially in Scotland where SAPS run practical training courses for teachers and technicians in collaboration with SSERC.
Links to projects inspired by Darwin. The X-bacteria is a kit, aimed at 16-19 year olds, that allows them to carry out a practical investigation into the transfer of antibiotic resistance between bacteria.
e-Bug is a European wide, DG SANCO funded, antibiotic and hygiene teaching resource for junior and senior school children. This resource reinforces an awareness of the benefits of antibiotics, as well as teaching about prudent use and how inappropriate use can have an adverse effect on an individual's good bugs and antibiotics resistance in the community. The areas of hand and respiratory hygiene and spread of infections in the community are also covered, including teaching how to wash hands most effectively.
Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee (MiSAC) promotes the teaching of safe practical microbiology in schools. It develops and publishes ideas for the educational use of micro‐organisms, including practical activities and the safe use of micro‐organisms. It interacts with science suppliers, publishers and industry.