Summary of characteristics and what helped you determine your unknown/ 2.5 pts

Library Unknown Report (10 pts total) 250 words minimum (main body only/ 2 pts) ( see the attach file, for image two use just the colon have circle on top and in the bottom its called M.Luteus)

Results

Summary of characteristics and what helped you determine your unknown/ 2.5 pts ( see the attach file, for image two use just the colon have circle on top and in the bottom its called M.Luteus )

Discussion

  • Connecting results to natural history (habitat or interaction with other organisms) or significance to medicine/science / 2 pts
  • Example: “This organism typically is found in the gut of mammals which makes sense why it is a facultative anaerobe.”
  • Future implications / 2 pts
  • What would have made this easier (Any results ambiguous or tests that could have made it easier to identify)

Citations/ 1.5 pts Must have cited the Bergey’s Manual as well as one other source from a **peer-reviewed publication** (Wikipedia or Microbewiki do not count!). Format does not matter.

Here’s a handy guide to writing in science ( see the attach file )Nadya’s helpful tips on writing in Science/Microbiology -Primary, peer-reviewed sources come from scientific journals and often have interesting background information relevant to the organism of interest. This is to tell the reader why it is important. If you want lots of background information, scientists often write review articles that go through the same peer-review as papers on experiments on focusing on consolidating what the current and accepted work is on the topic. – Bacteria is the plural form of bacterium. If you are uncertain of its usage, try replacing the noun with a word that you are a little more comfortable with such as dog/dogs. Same goes for data being the plural of datum. -When writing the scientific name of an organism, you will always write it out in italics with the genus capitalized and the species name lower case (e.g. Bacillus cereus). It is also acceptable that after you introduce a scientific name fully, to abbreviate the genus to the first or second letter of the genus. For example: “Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium often associated with soil microbial biomes… B. thuringiensis was discovered to have entomopathogenic qualities in an assortment of insect orders while being highly specific in its pathogenicity to only insects.” -Proofreading is your friend. It may feel like more work but having something that is proofread goes a long way to helping the reader understand what you are saying in a clear and concise way rather than leaving the reader feeling frustrated and confused. While I don’t really grade on grammar and punctuation, if it is bad, it will cost points on the assignment. -Technology is helpful but communication is vital. While we use a lot of new technology to help us be more productive in work and school, communication has never been more vital. That being said, if you have a problem turning in your paper on time due to technological difficulties, you need to communicate that to me as soon as possible to avoid a late penalty. You have been warned. -Lastly, while format doesn’t matter to me (every scientific journal or grant source has their own format), having the right information in your citations is important. If I can’t find your source when I’m checking them, how am I supposed to verify what was said in your source? Common important items to include: author names, article title, journal name, issue and volume, and url (if collected from the web). Web of knowledge/science is a great way to search journal articles if on campus as our school has a subscription to most journals and all of them are moving to electronic copies rather than paper. If you have questions on any of these tips, don’t hesitate to ask me!

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