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Thumb print/Bacillus spp

Unknown Bacillus spp. seen on the tip of a thumb print from a 1st grader. A large TSA plate was used and culture was incubated for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C. Read More

Fungal Contaminant on 5% NaCl BHI

White fungal contaminant on 5% NaCl BHI after several months at refrigerated temperatures. White hypal formation was seen with no spore formation. Read More

TWiM 112 Letters

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Mysterious fungus killing snakes in NY, at least 8 other states | wivb.com - http://wivb.com/2015/08/10/mysterious-fungus-killing-snakes-in-ny-at-least-8... Read More

Unknown White Fungal contaminant on 7.5% NaCl BHI #2

Unknown Fungal contaminant on 7.5% NaCl BHI after several month at refrigerated temperatures. White hyphae was seen spreading into the agar with no spore formation. Read More

Unknown Fungal contaminant on 7.5% NaCl BHI

Unknown fungal contaminant, presumably airborne, found on BHI containing 7.5% NaCl after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Concentric rings were seen with brown spore formation seen in the middle ring of the colony with hyphae at the edges and center of the colony. Colony covered the ... Read More

The ecology of microbial invasions

University of Groningen scientists have described how microbial invasions follow the same general pattern as invasions by plant or animal species. This is a clear example of how the microbiological world follows general rules of ecology. The discovery demonstrates the value of using microbial sy... Read More

Lipolytic activity

Pseudomonas fluorescens on fat emulsion agar (Nile blue, agar, butter, Plate count agar). Lipase positive. Read More

Environmental Isolate from Microbiology Lab

This was an environmental isolate collected from students in an introductory microbiology lab. The sample was collected from a soap dispenser using a cotton swab and spread on a TSA plate, followed by incubation at 37 degrees Celsius for 48 hours. This organism has an interesting and beautiful r... Read More

Unknown Contaminant on BHI

Unknown contaminant see on BHI after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Organism was a matte pale beige with mounding in the center and concentric rings on the outer edges. Gas bubbles were seen in the media on the outer edges of the colony growth. Read More

Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed. Read More

Unknown Bacillus

Students swabbed the lab bench at the end of class. The TSA plate was grown for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then let set for 2 days at room temperature. The close up of one of the colonies was yellow/mucoid through out, with rhizoid growth. This is more than likely a Bacillus spp which is commonly f... Read More

Sugar governs how antibodies work in the immune system

The immune system is our biological defense shield. Antibodies protect the organism against invading pathogens such as viruses or bacteria. In the case of certain autoimmune diseases, however, this defense behavior is misdirected: The antibodies don't just target foreign substances; they also at... Read More


New research shows that epidemics of dengue—caused by a mosquito-borne virus—across southeast Asia appear to be linked to the abnormally high temperatures brought by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Read More

Unknown Bacillus #2

Students swabbed the lab bench at the end of class. The TSA plate was grown for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then let set for 2 days at room temperature. The close up of one of the colonies was white/matt through out, with rhizoid/undulating growth. This is more than likely a Bacillus spp which is com... Read More

Notch Inhibitors are Potential for Cancer Treatment Studies Found

BOC Sciences-Notch inhibitors like gamma-secretase inhibitors (GSIs) are found potential to slow the deterioration of various types of cancer recent studies revealed. Now further study for more accurate information about this application is undergoing, in which different cancer types are involve... Read More

Unknown Fungal contaminant on Mueller Hinton agar #2

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Mueller Hinton agar after several months at refrigerated temperature. Colony had a white non-spore forming apron around the edges with green spore formation seen on the inner layer/center. Read More

Campylobacter jejuni on CCDA.

Isolate of C.jejuni after 48hours of incubation at 42 degrees Celsius under microaerophilic environment. (Campy gel and CO2 jar) . Read More

Brown Beauty

Aspergillus terreus grown on Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar Read More

My First #LuxArt Class Competition!

In this blog post, I discuss making student designed artwork using bioluminescent bacteria as "paint." As student "buy in" is critical for any course, such fun "creative" approaches act synergistically to improve learning and outcomes. Feel free to vote on your top six images---the students ar... Read More

Unknown black puffball

Unknown black puffball seen growing on the bark of a fallen oak tree in the Santa Cruz Mt's, CA. There were numerous puffball all about the size of a dime. Read More
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