In this activity you have the opportunity to apply your understanding of microbial growth control. Compose a response to the following question incorporating the knowledge you’ve gained from your readings and then post to the discussion. Please respond thoughtfully and in your own words, being sure to back up each statement with cited sources.

Using the information you learned from the content and articles you reviewed this answer ONE of the follow questions:

  • (Option 1) Why do you think that some species/strains of bacteria are resistant to disinfectants? In your post, refer to the structural features we learned about in Module One and the mechanism of action of disinfectants that we have learned about in the current module. Some potential organisms to focus on in your discussion are Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas or Bacillus.?
  • (Option 2) Antimicrobial chemical agents mostly act as disinfectants rather than as sterilants. Why do you think that is the case? What is the difference between sterilization and disinfection? What properties make an antimicrobial chemical agent a good disinfectant?
  • (Option 3) What is quorum sensing? Give TWO specific examples of Bacteria that use quorum sensing as an example of cooperative behavior? How can the new discoveries in intracellular bacterial communication aid the process of drug discovery? How can biofilm formation impact treatment of infectious disease?

  Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings from the module with proper APA (Links to an external site.) style formatting// You may use additional sources and materials as long as they are relevant to the discussion and cited properly.  

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