The main body text: Agar plate setting conditions, storage, inoculation and disposal: What are the factors that affect the ability of agar to set? Is it necessary to store agar plates in the fridge and if so for how long? What is the correct procedure for labelling, inoculating, sealing and disposal of agar plates that contain live microbial cultures in school science?
The main body text: COVID-19 and science activities:
There is much conjecture about the need and safety of carrying out microbiology experiments in the school laboratory setting, especially in light of the recent pandemic caused by COVID-19. In general, specific precautions should always be taken when performing microbiological experiments and perhaps even more so in a COVID environment. Considerations for