Friday, 21 April 2017. Professor Geof Smith from NMSU’s Biology Department took time to give our middle-schoolers experience in sampling bacteria from 6 soils. Students Kira and Frankie took soil samples from the bare land and from the cultivated field by the school. Dr. Smith brought two of his own samples. After a lot of discussion about the plants supporting microbial populations, Kira, Frankie, and Xitlali extracted soil bacteria with sterile water, then plated a small sample (0.1 ml) onto agar plates. We’ll catch the growth of the bacteria on Monday, the 24th.