This lesson focuses on Louis Pasteur and his discovery of microorganisms. It also focuses on Pasteur’s discovery of pasteurization and how that discovery has been important in preventing food-borne illness. The resources here will help you explore these concepts.
As you read the following articles, use the student sheet, Fact Collecting, to take notes.
Learn why a juice company began recalling its products from store shelves. Read the article Pressing Risk to further address the question: Why is pasteurization important?
How did scientists make the connection between microbes and illness? Read the first two pages of Microbes and Disease: Making the Link to learn about the connection and what tools aided in the detection of microbes.
Read more about Louis Pasteur and answer these questions in your science notebook.
- What animal diseases did Pasteur study in order to prove microorganisms were involved?
- Pasteur lived in the 1800’s. How do you think his discoveries were received during this century?
This esheet is a part of the Microbes 2: Louis Pasteur—a Microbe Discoverer lesson.