Microbial community-level physiological profiling as an inquiry laboratory exercise

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In this inquiry activity, community-level physiological profiling (CLPP) with EcoPlates is described to quantitatively depict the community of microorganisms situated in a natural environment. Students can develop their own hypotheses and carry out experimentation about the makeup of microbial communities using EcoPlates. There are many independent variables that can be assessed or changed to determine how environmental differences can play important roles in the types of microorganisms that are found in an environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-779
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Diversity
  • EcoPlates
  • carbon-source utilization
  • community metabolic diversity
  • engagement
  • metabolism
  • microbial diversity
  • natural environment
  • soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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