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Happy New Year

Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photos of Petri dishes.
A New Years way of examination of antimicrobial activity: Inflict on a Petri dish, a microorganism in the shape of a New Years tree, and then add some antibiotics... Read More

Escherichia coli falls in love :)


Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dishes.
When E. coli falls in love, she starts to resemble her host, a human, and she begins to think like him, with her hart. Consequently, she changes her name to Elis... Read More

Happy New Year 1

Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dishes.
The upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays are bringing joy to our laboratory, where the microorganisms are symbolically growing in the shape of a Snowman. Left ... Read More

Nativity!

Marry Christmas!
Nativity was recreated with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Read More

Happy Luxmas To All!

In this blog post, I reflect a bit on the ups and downs of 2016, then share some Luxmas themed art. Read More

Christmas Agar Art_2016

Agar art using Bacillus sp. and Serratia marcescens on Luria agar. Read More

The sweetest way to explain how is a virus

This season impress your guests with your science knowledge. Read More

Mushrooms

A large clump of Mushrooms seen int the leaf litter after heavy rain Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was beige/tan, smooth and started to invert, gills were not attached to the stem. Read More

Festive bacteria

Why decorate a tree when you can decorate a plate? Two bacteria (V. fischeri and E. coli) rolling around together in harmony. Read More

BEA contaminant

Fungal contaminant, presumably air borne, on BEA media after 1 month in the refrigerator. Circular white hyphal growth with no spore formation, white hypahl growth slightly mounding in the center. Area around the single colony was back indicating esculin hydrolysis. Read More

Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit

In this blog post, I share the creative projects that my Biology 350 (Microbiology) micronauts created this semester. They range from video parodies, to prose poems, to short-short stories to sculptures and needlepoint. Enjoy! Read More

Media Contaminant

Contaminant (yeast?) found on TSA after several months in the refrigerator. The larger colony was circular, mat with concentric rings with a smaller more mucoid yellow growth just off center. Read More

Final Student Thoughts From My MIcrobiology Course

Today was the last day of my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. So I thought it appropriate for students to tell me the single "coolest" thing they learned in my course. Read More

Close up BEA Contaminant

Close up of a single colony or an unknown contaminant (yeast?) on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Looks like there was moisture on the plate as the colonies grew in a drip like pattern. Colonies were mucoid salmon red in color with yellow pin point circular growths growing in through... Read More

Unknown contaminant on BEA

Unknown contaminant (yeast?) on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Looks like there was moisture on the plate as the colonies grew in a drip like pattern. Colonies were mucoid salmon red in color with yellow pin point circular growths growing in through out. The edges of the colonies... Read More

Green Fungal Contaminant on BEA

Colonies of a green fungal contaminant, presumable airborne, on BEA agar after 1 month in the refrigerator. Green spore formation can be seen throughout the circular colonies. Read More

Fungal contaminant on BEA

Fungal like contaminant, presumably air borne, on BEA media after 1 month in the refrigerator. Mucoid mounding beige center with a hairlike circular border. Read More

Exams, Science Art, and Learning!

In this blog post, I describe how I encourage microbiology students to draw cartoons about basic concepts in the course. I find that this approach promotes ownership, better comprehension, and gives me better insight into what the students are "seeing" in my class. Read More

These Microbes Are Hard To Gobble

For this upcoming Turkey Day, try to avoid the fowl taste that one would get from pecking away at these prokaryotes (Chromobacterium violaceum, Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococcus epidermidis). Some birdbrains may mistakenly consume these potentially harmful microorganisms.

At the risk of... Read More

Bacteriophages seen as plaques in a plaque assay

My introductory microbiology class were able to isolate bacteriophages from raw sewage water using a conventional plaque assay method using E.coli as host grown in nutrient agar. I personally think this is a good experiment because this is the first time that students get to actually "see" virus... Read More
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