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Birds that eat at feeders more likely to get sick, spread disease

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2015 - Wild songbirds that prefer to eat at bird feeders have an increased risk of acquiring a common eye disease. In turn, these birds also spread the disease more quickly to their flock mates, according to an international research team led by Virginia Tech scientist... Read More


As a trio, three antibiotics that aren’t individually effective against a drug-resistant staph infection killed the deadly pathogen in test tubes and mice. Read More


Shortly after a baby’s birth, bacteria aren’t the only invaders to colonize the gut. Viruses move in, too, according to new research. 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

New method to treat antibiotic resistant MRSA: Bacteriophages

MRSA is bad news. If you've never heard of it, here's what you need to know: It's pronounced MER-suh, it's a nasty bacterial infection and it can cause serious disease and death. Read More

Strategies to decrease bacterial colonization

Among the bacterial infections that are most difficult to treat, chronic infections associated with bacterial biofilms are one of the most hazardous. Bacterial biofilms are densely packed communities of microbial cells surrounded with secreted polymers. In her doctoral thesis, chemist Shoghik Ha... Read More

Unknown White Fungal contaminant on 7.5% NaCl BHI #2 different view

Different view of 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 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

Lipolytic activity

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

High rate of Texas bugs carrying Chagas disease

A deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease is widespread in a common Texas insect, according to a new study by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers. The finding suggests that the risk of Texans contracting the disease may be higher than previously thought. Read More

Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" #agarart2015

Please vote for this here https://www.facebook.com/asmfan/photos/a.10154367491515200.1073741836.62453295199/10154367528415200/?type=1&theater Read More


This is the epitome of education offices in Indonesia , or often known by "Tut Wuri Handayani" . This emblem is made with the bacteria E. coli and Klebsiella sp . on Mac Conkey agar medium isolated from beverage cappuccino cincaw ( capcin )

both bacteria can be used as an indicator of water p... Read More

Hulk Hand

Bacterial Hand Print doen on TSA agar, incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Bacteria seen are mainly Bacillus spp. Read More

Agar art

More fun... Didn't get this in on time because I was sick. I always enjoy having fun in the lab. Thanks for looking. Read More

Baseball fun

Sorry I didn't get this in on time... I was out sick. Go royals! E.coli growth at 48hr... I meant to have it in for 24hrs but I got sick and didn't come into work. So it's a little over grown. However, it's still fun! Read More


Hi colleagues, here is a portret of young microbiolosist who spend all his time in laboratory and hope on great publication in journal like Nature. It's joke but very reality. My PhD student Anastsasia Knyazeva is the author of this picture. It was designed by Escherichia coli on the Endo Agar ... Read More

Paying homage to our alma mater, The Gator Nation.

A joint submission by two gator alumni. As coworkers and infection control practitioners we felt it would be a refreshing change of pace to cast a positive light upon bacteria that are usually known for the havoc they wreak. And what better excuse than the ASM Agar Art contest? #AgarArt2015 #A... Read More


Origene. In this picture, nucleic acids are showing the origin, the very beginning, the masterpiece where evolution take place in the microbial world! Some of the genetics "branch" DNA or RNA is revealing most of the microbial diversity that sustains our biosphere. It is amazing how the genetic... Read More
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