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These virtual labs train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques. Using specific scientific lab processes already used in food science, students practice the methods used by lab technicians and researchers in a variety of careers.

It is easy for consumers to take safe food for granted: as most people don’t understand the rigorous testing, research and assessment food and food processing requires. Healthy, safe food is of extreme importance and vital to human survival. Expert lab technicians help make sure that the food we eat and feed to our animals will not harm us or our livestock. In these virtual labs, students engage in some of these laboratory techniques.

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  • Testing for Corn Mold

    The process of testing corn for the presence of Aflatoxin.
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  • Disposable Lab Equipment

    Testing milk samples for bacterial contamination with various disposable lab equipments.
  • Gram Staining

    Using gram staining to test the yogurt sample for bacterial contamination.
  • Using the Microscope

    Learning to use the microscope to view what type of bacteria is contaminating the yogurt sample.
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  • The pH Scale & Meter Calibration

    Learn about the pH scale and calibrating a pH meter.
  • Acidifying Salsa

    The process of preventing C.Bot growth in Salsa.
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  • Understanding Water Activity

    Explore how water acts inside food and how this affects spoilage.