The Mold Bread Experiment

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In ten days you will be able to answer this important question and make a contribution to science! But what is mold? What makes it grow? What is Mold? Mold is something that we often take for granted, as something that makes us have to throw the bread away or the cheese smell bad. Mold is, in fact, a fascinating organism which has had many different uses over the years and our lives would not be the same without it. Most of us know that food seems to become moldy more quickly in the summer than in the winter when it is colder. Food in refrigerators seems to keep longer than food left out in the sun. Is this true? Does temperature really affect the rate at which mold grows? Important Note Please note that some people are allergic to mold;…show more content…
Any sort will do but it is perfectly fine to use cheap white sliced bread as then you will know that all of the slices are a similar size, weight and thickness. You must make a note of the brand and use-by date so that anybody else wanting to repeat the Mold Bread Experiment can use the same type. 15 sealable sandwich bags 1 piece of film or clear plastic with a 10x10cm grid drawn onto it Q-Tip Clean knife Chopping board Sticky labels Marker pen Mold Spores - if you can’t get these from your school don’t worry. There are mold spores all around us in the air which will eventually grow on the bread but your experiment will take longer. Mask Gloves Method Using the sticky labels and the marker pen label the bags. Mark 5 bags as ‘A’, 5 as ‘B’ and 5 as ‘C’. You also need to label each set of bags 1 to 5. Cut the bread into 10 x 10 squares using the chopping board and knife. Inoculate the bread thoroughly with the mold solution. Try to coat each slice with a similar amount of the culture although this can be

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