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
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
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
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 (Xanthoria spp) Fruiting bodies, disc like structures, seen on the shady side of tree in Santa Cruz, Ca. Read More
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
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
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
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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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
In this blog post, I reflect a bit on the ups and downs of 2016, then share some Luxmas themed art. Read More
An air sampling done using an SDA agar in the business office.
Fungus is everywhere! Read More
Mix of organism seen on a handprint/finger on TSA after incubation at 37 degrees for 24 hrs then held at refrigerated temperatures for 1 month. Read More
After seeing living microbial mats forming stromatolites in Yellowstone in Part One, now we go back in time to the Jurassic period - hunting for microbial fossils in the desert of Utah. It's Part Two of the National Park anniversary series, live on the ASM blog! #NPS100 Read More
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 one of the resulting bacterial/fungal growths (yeast): Circular yellow colony, mucoid, with a donut like appearance
Bacillus mycodies seen from an environmental swab grown on TSA at 37 degrees C for 49 hrs. Characteristic swirling rhizoid growth can be see. Read More
Meet the Microbe Mafia: K. rhizophila, E. coli, and C. xerosis. They might seem like friendly bacteria but are always looking for opportunities to cause disease. Well ..... K. rhiz is really not that bad but peer pressure works in bacterial populations as well. When armed with C. violaceum th... Read More