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  1. #1 The old mold experiment 
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    im bringing it back! I know its been done but im doing it again.

    I am taking piece of Ezekiel bread right now so far...i let it sit for 2 days on a plate with water on it. Nothing happened. I smeared a fig on it and let it sit for 2 days. nothing happened except water dry and figs guts on it dried. I decided to spit on it, so i tried that and nothing happened.

    I want to see what will happen, but dont have a clue what im doing.

    all i know is i heard bread+fruit= fermentation in stomach so u should eat them seperate meals. Also i was pretty sure the spit+bread would give some type of bacteria or mold but so far it is unnoticed.

    If anybody has any experience with this type of stuff, let me know please! like what u did, what works, what materials used..


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    my friend if you wunna grow some interesting stuff, you need to have your hot water system set so its about the same heat as the human body. thats how you grow mold and bacteria.

    One word..well rather two..Agar plates. This is bacteria and molds favourite thing to live off. Its pretty much a Suger type filled thing that they can build there colonies on and live on.

    As for saliva, you'd be better of swabbing the sides of your mouth for that one.

    and if you wunna see a more "natural" occurance rate, make a salad sandwhich with some type of meat on it, leave it in a warm place and watch it go moldey...basically the conditions in the average human teenagers bag and presto! you have mold.

    Just make sure you dispose of the plates (if you use agar plates) in a responsible fashion, more so then normal if you swab your own mouth, alot of nasty things grow in the right conditions there fine for observational purposes but DO NOT OPEN THE PLATE

    other good places for collecting bacteria are keyboards, light switchs and the dreaded taps in public toilets.


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    thanks, i wasnt sure about the health and safety aspect of it but now that u mention it im a a little scared. that must be the problem= warm. is not winter yet, but in the house we try not to let it get above cool.
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    Please post pictures if succesful! :wink:
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  6. #5 no problem. 
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    with the desposal of the plates, go talk nicely to the head of department of science at the closest decent high school. Maybe if you talk nicely to them and let them know what your doing and if you give results for your experiement they may dispose of them for you with there other plates.

    There are many types of Agar plates ones more for mold then bacteria and fungus. I'm Not sure were you'd buy them at but they may have them somewhere around. i use them at school, so I don;t have to buy them.

    Yes Heat is the secret to life. just treat it like you were trying to grow a garden, it needs food a warm place.

    As for the warm place you could try this.

    Place a thick tray onto a hot plate.
    mark the area on the tray were the hot plate is.
    measure the heat of the plate and adjust till its nice and warm.
    If your unsure of what tempreture to put it on , check your own tempreture and set it up occording to that.

    note that to make this experiment more use for your learning you should also be recording the results from the ideas without the heat.

    I've done work with agar plates before there really cool. they make growing stuff really easy. but yes as I said before make sure you despose of the plates in a responsible manner and don;t open them.

    you know they've even got ones based on blood just for human parisite type things.
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    nice advice! just what i lookin for! 8) well i put the bread outside on a chair and black ants tried to get it. then the next day it was all chewed up and eaten by...something. i dont know. yuck. ima start over.
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    yeah it'll proberly take a while if you do it outside..but remember for best results it should be around 27 degrees celcuis...tempreture of a healthy human body.

    yeah ants will try to get at it if you put it outside. you should see if you can get hold of some agar plates. there very helpful.
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    Here is a webpage that appears to answer most if not all of your questions. According to the text no temperature controls were introduced which makes sense to me. I've seen bread go moldy at far less than 98.6F.

    http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/...5/bdfungi.html
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