What You Will Learn…
Fast-track Your Learning with 7 lessons through a series of online video lessons, Elaine takes us through everything that you will ever need to know on how to use your microscope effectively.
We’ve put it together this way so you will quickly get a good overview of all the lessons in front of you but you will also gain the right amount of knowledge in the right amount of time. As it is a self-paced course, once the lesson is released you have ongoing access to it, which means that you can go back at any time and revisit each lesson.
Who is this course is for:
For farmers, growers and compost/compost tea makers who want to evaluate their own biology using a microscope.
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Microscope
- Guide to selecting a Microscope
- How to set up microscope
- Parts and functions of a typical microscope
- Microscope best practice
- How to collect a soil sample
- How to look after your microscope
- Diluting & Preparing Slides
- How to Focus correctly on your Slide and which magnification to use
Lesson 3: Morphology of Bacteria
- True bacteria, Actinobacteria,
- Spirilla, Spirochetes,
- Anaerobic Bacteria as indicators
- Decomposer fungi,
- Mycorrhizal fungi,
- Diameters, Color
Lesson 5: Morphology of Algae, Protozoa & Nematodes
- Algae, Pollen, Parasites, Microarthropods
- Protozoa; Flagellates, Amoebae, Ciliates
- Nematodes; bacterial-feeding, fungal-feeding, predatory, root-feeding
Lesson 6: Morphology of Other Materials in the Soil
- Identifying other materials such as cellulose, plant debris, thread, diatom shells, mineral particles.
- Distinguishing between other materials & organisms
Lesson 7: Quantification (Counting Organisms)
- Sampling considerations,
- Determining diameters, lengths, numbers
A self correcting quiz that will test your skills
Dr Elaine Ingham is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about. Behind this “user-friendly” approach lies a wealth of knowledge gained from years of intensive research into the organisms which make up the soil foodweb.