Spores of fungus, Candida albicans

The long strands are the tubular filaments (hyphae) that have developed from the fungal spores. Yeast cells (rounded, yellow) are budding from the ends of the hyphae (red). Candida albicans causes the infection known as candidiasis which affects the moist mucous membranes of the body, such as skin folds, mouth, respiratory tract and vagina. Oral and vaginal conditions are known as thrush.

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Safety information

The teaching of such an important subject as microbiology cannot be achieved effectively without enhancing the theory with hands on experience in the laboratory.

All microbiology investigations require the user to adopt good microbiology practice. Whenever working with organisms there are practical procedures to ensure safe transfer and avoid contamination, which are common to most activities. These include aseptic technique, flaming loops and bottles, handling and labelling agar plates, incubation and storage and disposal and disinfection. (see Basic Practical Microbiology: A Manual published by the Society for further information.)

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