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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 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

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

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

Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where r... Read More

Vaccination on the horizon for severe viral infection of the brain

Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich reveal possible new treatment methods for a rare, usually fatal brain disease. Thanks to their discovery that specific antibodies play a key role in combating the viral infection, a vaccine against the disease "progress... Read More

Unknown Bacillus spp Overgrowing another colony

Unknown Bacillus spp grown on TSA, seen on the tip of a ring finger imprint, overgrowing another unknown colony. 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

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

Agar Art Contest 2015

I am a Dutch PhD student working on Red Fluorescent Proteins and I really want to join the Agar Art Contest, but I just heard of it today!
I know the deadline was the 3th of September, but I still send you my artwork. Hope you enjoy it! Read More

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an exp... Read More

zeolite rezin method for bacteria determination in water

zeolite rezin method for bacteria determination in water and I got this result . Read More

Isolates of Pseudomonas showing Siderophore Activity on CAS Media

Iron (Fe) is an essential element for the growth of almost all living microorganisms because it acts as a catalyst in enzymatic processes, oxygen metabolism, electron transfer, and DNA and RNA syntheses, under iron-deficient growth conditions, the microbial surface hydrophobicity decreases which... Read More

Guinea reports Ebola-free week, but Sierra Leone has 5 cases

For the first time in more than a year, Guinea passed a week without a new lab-confirmed Ebola case, but the news out of West Africa last week was tempered by a flare-up of activity in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today in its latest update. Read More

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
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