Serratia Marcescens

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Doctors must know which antibiotic kills each disease-causing bacterium. We, Chelsea and Justin, will find out how Erythromycin, Penicillin, and Ampicillin are affected by the bacteria Serratia marcescens. Our hypothesis is that Penicillin will have the largest ring of inhibition, the ring around the disk where the antibiotic has killed bacteria. We believe Penicillin will be the most common antibiotic that we have heard of.

The materials we used to make this test possible consists of a sterile nutrient agar Petri dish, the bacteria Serratia marcescens, Erythromycin antibiotic disk, Ampicillin antibiotic disk, Penicillin antibiotic disk, sterile disk of blank filter paper, marking pen, long – handled cotton swab, forceps, metric ruler, and a 37°C incubator.

For our procedure we first filled our sterile Petri dish with agar, just so that the bottom of it was covered, then waited a day for it to condense. Then after it had hardened, we then we turned it over and marked the back of the Petri dish into four quadrants with dotted lines and marked them one through four. After that we then took a long – handled cotton swab and spread the bacteria Serratia marcescens over the agar in the Petri dish. Then with forceps we took the sterile disk of blank filter paper and placed it in quadrant number one for the control. Then with forceps took an Erythromycin antibiotic disk and placed it in the quadrant number two. Then again with forceps took a Penicillin antibiotic disk and placed it in quadrant number three. Then again for the last time, with forceps took an Ampicillin antibiotic disk and placed it in quadrant number four. We then, for the last step, placed the Petri disk cover back on and put it in the 37°C incubator and waited a day for the results to see how the three antibiotics, Erythromycin, Penicillin, and Ampicillin would affect the bacteria Serratia marcescens.

The next day after we took the Petri dish out of the incubator we noticed immediately the...
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