We’ve used the Biolog Gen III Microstation in our Microbiology Lab course for majors for over 2 years now. It is one of the most popular labs among students. We use it to identify unknowns after several weeks of using traditional media tests. Students are amazed by the quick turn-around and large amount of data produced by the assay.
In our microbiology-based research courses, students use Biolog to supplement other bacterial identification methods. This reinforces the benefit of using multiple lines of evidence to strengthen conclusions based on scientific results. Plus Biolog is fun and easy to use!
I started using the Ecoplates this summer and I’m quite pleased with the results. I still have to run the full data analysis to extract more information but what I saw in terms of color patterns at different sites seems very promising. Based on results of the full data analysis, we’ll develop our protocol to apply it to a course that we teach here.