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The results show that the irradiated poultry meat has the least amount of bacteria growing on it, followed by the fresh chicken meat. The frozen chicken has the highest amount of bacteria growth.


Processed poultry Fresh Irradiated Frozen
Bacteria growth (mm) 24 18 43

Plot your results on a graph as shown below.

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Time required:
1 day for preparation, 5 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Access to laboratory equipment (eg. petri dishes)
Safety concerns:

Always follow laboratory safety guidelines and always practice sterile technique when handling microbes. Never have any food or drink at your workstation and always thoroughly wash your hands with disinfectant soap or alcohol before leaving your workstation. Always dispose of used material in a biohazard bag. If none are available, the bacteria should be destroyed with bleach before being disposed of.  Knives should be handled under adult supervision.