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RED LORD GANESH

The image of Red Lord Ganesha on this MacConkey agar plate is made of Serratia marcescens. It is just an expression that microorganisms are ubiquitous and miraculous in nature just as our gods.
Serratia marcescens produces a blood red pigment called prodigiosin (latin word prodigiosus meaning ... Read More

Unknown Bacillus/Hand print

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was a light brown and mat. The center of the growth was smooth with rhizoid like growth on the edges which were mucoid ... Read More

Table Top Swab III

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is an unknown isolated beige, mucoid colony. The center was raised and if the plate was tiled it would "drip". The edges of the colo... Read More

For picture of the day consideration - Thomas O' Malley cat - microorganisms

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It will be a great pleasure for me and my students if you can post on your Facebook page attached photos of Petri dish with microorganisms isolated during experimental practice for students of Basic Academic Study at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of ... 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

Candida albicans Hyphal Growth

Candida albicans grown on YPD agar plates with a stringy appearance due to growth at 37 degrees C where hypha were induced. Read More

Table top Bacillus

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is an unknown isolated colony, more than likely Bacillus spp, beige in color, dry mat with rhizoid growth in the center, lobate edges... Read More

Swarming Proteus

Proteus on a CLED plate. How and why does it swarm? Read More

Unknown Environmental Swab

Out door wood railing was swabbed onto TSA and grown for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C, then allowed to grow at room temperature for 72 hrs the held at refrigerated temperature for a month. This is a close up of some of the organisms that grew. One was a brown matt color with lobate edges and rhizoi... Read More

Floor swab organism/Swarming

Floor swab was done for a science project. One of the organisms seen was mucoid, opaque in color and had finger like projections (swarming) after growth on TSA at 37 degree's C for 48 hrs. Read More

When random artsy contamination strikes!

Lurking unbeknownst in the fridge, this plate harbored a variety of organisms, slowly making their appearances. After its discovery, the plate was incubated on the bench for a week as the colonies grew larger and fuzzier. Is that a shooting star colony in the upper left? Read More

Labyrinthulids

Labyrinthulids or commonly known as Slime nets are group of protists of the Class Labyrinthulomycota. These organisms form tube-like structures or filaments (forming a complex net) that serve as tracks where cells glide. They are commonly isolated from seagrass and fallen senescent mangrove lea... Read More

Lichen Fruiting Bodies

Lichen (Xanthoria spp) Fruiting bodies, disc like structures, seen on the shady side of tree in Santa Cruz, Ca. Read More

Table top mix

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is a colorful mix of beige mucoid bacteria, orange and yellow mucoid yeast/bacteria, and white grainy fungi (possible actinomyces?). Read More

Blue Actinomycete Crocuses

Crocuses are among the most charming spring flowers, harbingers of good and warm weather. They appear really early, breaking through the frozen and snowy earth, bringing happiness, joy and good spirits in the first days of spring.
The crocuses and the snow on this agar plate are made of the Str... Read More

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Unknown Bacillus

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was a light brown and mat. The center of the growth was smooth with rhizoid like growth on the edges which were mucoid ... 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

Yellowstone Caldera/Bacterial Mat

Bacterial mats, golden brown in color, seen at the outer edges of a geothermal vent/geyser. Cyanobacteria grow around 163 F or lower. Yellowstone National Park.
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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
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