Student Area - Approved Organisms

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The following organisms (bacteria and fungi) are recommended for use by students doing science projects. These organisms are not pathogenic to plants or humans. They are readily available in pure culture from most biological supply houses. Most supply houses will provide culture information on the bacteria as well as their type and gram stain. Be sure to use only Biosafety Level:1 organisms.

Actobacter aceti
Alcaligenes faecalis
Aquaspirillum intersonii
Aquaspirillum serpens
Aquaspirillum sinuosum
Arthrobacter globiformis
Aspergillus niger
Azobacter chrococcum
Azobacter vinelandii
Bacillus brevis
Bacillus coalulans
Bacillus megeterium
Bacillus sphacrius
Bacillus stearothermorphilius
Bacillus subtilis
Brevibacterium linens
Cacillus cercus mycoides
Caulobacter vibroides
Clostridium butyricium
Corynebacterium xerosis
Dictyostelium discoideum
Enterobacter aerogenes
Enterobacter cloacae
Eschederia coli (Use only if Biosafety Level: 1)
Flavobacterium capsulatum
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus casei
Micrococcus luteus
Micrococcus roseus
Penicillium notatum
Physarum polycephalum
Rhizobium leguminosarum
Rhizopus stolonifer
Rhodospirillum rubrum
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Sordaria fimicola
Spirrilum volutans
Streptococcus lactis
Streptococcus salivarius
Streptomyces albus
Streptomyces griseus
Streptomyces venezuelae
Streptomyces violaceus
Thiobacillus thioparus
Vibrio fischeri

The student and sponsor have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the student while consucting experiments. All project development and experimentation should only be conducted under proper supervision and with safe methods of handling and disposal of biological cultures.

It is the sole responsibility of all teachers/sponsors to teach students proper safety methods and sterile techniques when working with bacteria. Students are not allowed to isolate known bacteria from wild cultures above room temperature. Cultures taken from humans or other warm-blooded animals may not be used. Wild cultures may not be displayed at any exhibition. Projects involving viruses should be done in a professional research facility under the direct supervision of a professional reseacher.

All cultures should be destroyed by methods (such as autoclaving) or with a suitable NaClO (bleach) solution before disposal.

Contact the chairperson of the Scientific Review Committee if you are unsure about whether your organism and/or procedure falls within the rules of acceptable research.


If an endorsement is needed, it is due by this date and requires that TWO copies be submitted.