Blood cell infected with malaria parasite

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.

More about microbes

The Society books

Microbiology Society publishes the following books to support the teaching of microbiology.

  • Algae: a practical resource for secondary schools

    Supports the teaching of practical microbiology at Key Stage 3/4.

    First copy free to school members. To join, go to www.microbiologysociety.org/membership

    Price to non‐members £15

    To order, please email books@microbiologysociety.org

    This resource has been developed to provide a series of well-tested practical activities for use in schools. The practical activities all focus on the micro-organisms known as algae. Algae are common, easy and safe to handle, easy to source and cheap to use. They can be used to illustrate a range of topics, including:

    • microscopy
    • phototaxis
    • bioluminescence
    • eutrophication
    • gas cycling

    It contains an introduction to algae, information on each of the five topics listed above, a specific introduction, and student, teacher and technical guides. The resource has an accompanying CD, on which you can find:

    • student guides to the practicals (PowerPoint® presentation)
    • printable versions of the student guides (PDF)
    • a bioluminescence video clip

    To support the algae pack, the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) have designed a kit comprising a leaflet with culturing advice and samples of:

    • Pyrocystis lunula CCAP 1131/1
    • Euglena gracilis CCAP 1224/5Z
    • Stock solutions for 1 litre of L1 marine medium and JM freshwater medium

    Cost will be £25 plus VAT plus p&p. Go to www.ccap.ac.uk directly to order or for more information.

  • The Secret World of Microbes

    Supports the teaching of microbiology at Key Stage 2/3.

    First copy free to school members. To join, go to www.microbiologysociety.org/membership

    Price to non‐members £9.99.

    books@microbiologysociety.org

    'The Secret World of Microbes’ has been specifically written for upper primary/lower secondary school students. It uses the conventional format of a non-fiction text book and contains accurate and up-to-date information written in a language that is uderstandable and appropriate for this age group. Photographs, diagrams and illustrations are included to support and extend the text.

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Microbes

    An inspirational pack that has been specifically written to support the teaching of microbiology at key stages 3 and 4. The text book explores how microbes can be both friend and foe and most importantly, why we need these invisible organisms to live.

    A CD-ROM accompanies this book, which provides a comprehensive, full colour PowerPoint™ presentation and a range of student activities.

    This pack is free to school members of the Society. To join, go to www.microbiologysociety.org/membership

    Price to non-members £10.

    To order, please email books@microbiologysociety.org

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