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Development of a Myxomycete Photoguide as a Teaching Tool for Microbial Taxonomy

    Authors: Sittie Aisha B. Macabago1, Thomas Edison E. dela Cruz2,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the East, Manila, Philippines; 2: Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines
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    • Published 03 May 2012
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, España 1015 Manila, Philippines. Phone: 632-406-1611 local 8297. Fax: 632-731-4031. E-mail: tedelacruz@mnl.ust.edu.ph.
    • Copyright © 2012 American Society for Microbiology
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 67-69. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.362
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    Abstract:

    Recently, web-based identification guides have been developed to aid modern taxonomists in identifying organisms. Unfortunately, these guides can only be used wherever Internet access is available. Thus, these cannot often be brought directly to the field for quick and easy identification of any collected specimens. Since we believe that field experience is necessary for any students of biology or microbiology, we developed a photoguide on the myxomycetes we collected from Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. This photoguide is intended to aid both classroom and laboratory learning of a specific group of eukaryotic microoganisms, the plasmodial slime molds or myxomycetes. It provides a quick visual aid in the identification of myxomycetes found in Lubang Island, but may also be present in any other terrestrial forest areas of the country and of the world.

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1. Lado C 2005–2011 An on-line nomenclatural information system of Eumycetozoa http://www.nomen.eumycetozoa.com
2. Mitchell D 2008 Synoptic key to the Myxomycetes (SynKey) UK
3. Stephenson SL, Stempen H 1994 Myxomycetes: a handbook of slime molds Timber Press Inc. Portland, OR
4. University of Arkansas 2010 The Eumycetozoan project http://slimemold.uark.edu/index.htm
5. University of Georgia 2011 Discover life http://www.discoverlife.org/
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Abstract:

Recently, web-based identification guides have been developed to aid modern taxonomists in identifying organisms. Unfortunately, these guides can only be used wherever Internet access is available. Thus, these cannot often be brought directly to the field for quick and easy identification of any collected specimens. Since we believe that field experience is necessary for any students of biology or microbiology, we developed a photoguide on the myxomycetes we collected from Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. This photoguide is intended to aid both classroom and laboratory learning of a specific group of eukaryotic microoganisms, the plasmodial slime molds or myxomycetes. It provides a quick visual aid in the identification of myxomycetes found in Lubang Island, but may also be present in any other terrestrial forest areas of the country and of the world.

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The myxomycete photoguide of Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. The front side (A) illustrates the collected and identified specimens with a scale bar showing their measured and/or approximate sizes, while the back page (B) provides concise descriptions of each of the illustrated species of myxomycetes.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2012 vol. 13 no. 1 67-69. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.362
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