Yeast Lab: Antifungal Agents
What tiny organism is a great chef’s assistant? It’s yeast. And what does yeast eat? You may already know that yeast has a voracious appetite for sugar. This yeast lab pits yeast against powerful antifungal agents. Who will win?
Yeast is an essential ingredient in many different foods, including fresh bread. However, humans have a love-hate relationship with fungi. Fungi are prominent in our diets and our ecosystems, where they break down old materials and turn them into energy. However, fungal diseases, such as athlete’s foot, can also be quite annoying! In this experiment, you’ll determine whether different chemicals act to stop the growth of fungi. These chemicals are known as antifungals.
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