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AgarArt 2015

Microbiology is as much a part of the universe as the Mandela represents. In a patient culture we focus on each component. Finding answers in a culture is both stimulating and relaxing. Using science and chemical reactions we get answers. Sometimes it's like solving a really hard puzzle. Ther... Read More

¡Carefull! E. coli has a virus …

The Virus that Infects Bacteria: Bacteriophage. Commonly called phage, are “bacteria eater”. With its six legs, the bacteriophage attaches to the surface of the much larger bacteria. Once attached, the bacteriophage injects DNA into the bacterium and tons of new viruses are produced.
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Giardia lamblia’s Trophozoite

Waving all over the small intestine, there can be a particular smiley face shaped parasite called Giardia lamblia. One can get the infection by eating cysts from contaminated food or water. This interesting parasite in its trophozoite state, absorbs their nutrients from the lumen of the small in... Read More

Student Art : by Ketsarin Phaopanfeung

The salmon-colored tick displayed on this hektoen enteric agar was created by the sugar fermentation reaction of Klebsiella pneumoniae. On this medium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa grows small and dark green and was used to display the words “Lyme” and “Borrelia” along with the associated spirochete ... Read More


The artist Maria Penil draws much inspiration from biological shapes that are especially found in aquatic environments. In this work Maria painted with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas. She then added sea shells to accentuate bio-aquatic shapes as the agar plate was seal... Read More

Sand Dollar

Using E.coli B strains from NEB (C2566) expressing various chromogenic proteins, the artist Maria Penil was inspired by sand dollars she has seen at her walks off the coast of New England. She grows her painting for two days at 30C then seals her work in epoxy, which surprisingly doesnt kill al... Read More


Neurons and biological shapes is a common theme in the works of the artist Maria Penil. Here she painted with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas isolated for their attractive colors as contaminants in the Berkmen lab. After growing the plates for 2 days at 30C, the artist ... Read More


Painting with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas, the artist Maria Penil made this intriguing pattern of cells. After growing the bacteria at 30C for 2 days, the artist's seals the plate in epoxy. In this peace, a surprising continuation of the pattern was applied with nai... Read More

Microbes are fun

With this art in culture medium I want to show that success just limit ourselves cutting our imagination. It is important to know that no dreamer is small and no dream is too big. I used Chromobacterium violaceum, Serratia marcescens, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa all of them are ... Read More


The artist Maria Penil was inspired by biological shapes and underwater plants for this work. Her care and passion can be seen, as she took a long time to paint with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas for this work. This resulted in some contamination, which Maria comment... Read More


A plate with fungal contamination was allowed to grow at room temperature for several days. The random circular pattern reminded the artist Maria Penil of planets and inspired by this, using red Serratia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas, she brought the wonders of the microcosmos to our macr... Read More


Using colorful contaminations of yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas along with white Bacillus spots, the artist Maria Penil painted these two jellyfish frolicking on an agar plate at 30 degrees for two days, followed by several days at room temperature for rest and peace. ... Read More

A pink fly

The pink silhouette of the fly was made by using the bacterium Escherichia coli (ATCC® 25922™), a bacterium that inhabits in a friendly manner as a part of the bowel flora within the human and animals large intestine. This bacterium can cause disease for example, on immunocompromised hosts, when... Read More

Salmonelly the kitten

This picture shows a funny kitten named Salmonelly. The black silhouette of that kitten was made by using the bacterium Salmonella enteric serovar Typhi(ATCC® 6539™), the causative agent of Typhoid fever, a human bloodstream infection that is common in the developing world. The pink hair bow dec... Read More

It's always 5 o'clock somewhere

The clock on this agar plate was drawn with a culture of Photobacterium leiognathi, a marine bacterium in the Vibrionaceae family. The design in this picture was illuminated with white light on the left, and photographed completely in the dark for the image on the right. This brightly luminous s... Read More

The wild garden of the gut bacteria

The bacterial community that lives in our gut have been compared to a ‘garden’, a complex ecosystem where diversity of bacteria is healthy, desirable and beautiful. This piece is created using gut bacteria in organic, botanical motifs, to represent this garden. It’s meant to be a motif with an e... Read More

Geometric Growth #agarart2015

Several species of bacteria and fungi were used to create this geometric pattern. Red colors are produced by the pigmented bacteria, Serratia marcescens. Occasionally, inanimate objects have been described as bleeding. The artist Raphael created the painting “The Mass of Bolsena,” where the b... Read More


New research shows how certain microbes exploit proteins in nearby bacteria to deliver toxins and kill them. The mechanisms behind this bacterial warfare, the researchers suggest, could be harnessed to target pathogenic bacteria. Read More

Bifidobacteria micro-flower

Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis is a commercial probiotic widely used that can be found in many functional foods, mainly dairy products. In our research we are interested to know how this bacterium survives under stressing conditions once it is ingested with the food. Therefore, the capab... Read More

Great wave off Candida

Candida albicans is a yeast species that is part of the commensal microbiota of the body. Weakened or impaired immune system can lead to yeast infections mostly produced by Candida albicans, although other species like Candida parapsilosis, Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis among others ar... Read More
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