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Unknown contaminant on Blood agar close up #2

Unknown contaminant, possible Bacillus spp, seen on an old blood agar plate that had been inoculated with Strep bovis. The plate had been incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs then held at room temp for a week. One colony was mucoid with a brain like appearance the other being mucoid and smooth ... Read More

More Agar Art 2016 Entries!

Have you started plating your dishes? Here are more 2016 entries from ASM’s Shorty Award-nominated Agar Art contest. Show us your creative streaking. Contest closes in 5 shorts weeks! For entry rules visit: www.microbeworld.org/art

Entries pictured from left to right: White Westie and The Fi... Read More

UMMS scientists offer first look at how our cells can 'swallow up and quarantine' Zika

WORCESTER, MA - Eight weeks after receiving their first samples of Zika virus, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have shown that a very small protein we all have in our bodies, interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3), can dramatically reduce the ability of Zika vi... Read More

Birthday pressie from a microbiologist

Reasons (not)to date food Microbiologists

They make good yogurt, tempe, etc.(any fermented food)
They are the master of crème brûlée or any jello stuffs.


And.... Most likely this is what you would get for anniversary/birthday/christmas/valentines, if you ever date an stingy food ... 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

Let it Glow! People "painting" with luminous bacteria onto plates #luxart

Painting with glowing bacteria. What better way to get students anyone excited about microorganisms? Dr. Mark O. Martin, a self-proclaimed “Microbial Supremacist” uses glowing bacteria to entice students to explore the mysteries of microbiology. Now fellow microbiology educators at ASMCUE creat... Read More

Risk of international spread of yellow fever re-assessed in light of the ongoing outbreaks

ECDC has updated its rapid risk assessment on the outbreak of yellow fever with the latest developments, more comprehensive information on the current situation in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda and an extended threat assessment for the EU. Read More

"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 6

"Hivi and his team of viruses (Ebola, Pox,..etc) believe they can win the battle, but the Virologists (who are real famous professors) beat them. However, new viruses pop-up, it will be a long battle. This makes the story very interesting and ever so engaging."
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ACKNOWLEDGMEN... Read More

Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Musa spp.

This endophytic fungi was isolated from a Mussa spp. in Maricao, Puerto Rico, growing in Sabouraud Dextrose Agar. This fungi is actually used in a graduated student investigation. Read More

PROTEUS

PROTEUS swarming in BG agar, Just beautiful. Read More

Happy International Womens Day!

flower - 1x tetracycline, 5x rifampicin
tree - A. niger
blossom leaves- Penicillium notatum
inscription - Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Aleksandra Djurić, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade Read More

5% NaCl BHI Media Contminant

Fungal contaminant, probable airborne, seen on BHI media containing 5% NaCl after 2 months at refrigerated temperatures. White hyphal "apron" with no spore formation can be seen at the edges with brown spore formation seen in the center. Read More

Unusual contaminant morphology

Unknown contaminant seen growing on Brain Heart Infusion (BHI) agar plate after several months at refrigerated temperatures, The organism grew at the edge of the agar plate interface, was smooth and circular, cream/beige mat at the base which mounded up, the edges or center of the colony had fi... Read More

Pic of the day - Acremonium strictum

Acremonium strictum grown on Potato Dextrose Agar Read More

A nasal mystery

I have had chronic nasal congestion for my whole life. Sometimes it is worse, sometimes it is better, but it is never completely gone. I have seen ENT specialists and have only ever been told that it must be allergies. I have never believed this, and so I have finally taken matters into my own h... Read More

Beautiful Bacillus III

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a beige matt colony, rhizoid and raised in the center, mucoid in the cen... Read More

Serratia marcescens/

Serratia marcescensgrown on TSA for 48 hrs. at 37 degree's C then held at room temp for 24 hrs. Serratia marcescens is circular, mucoid and has a red to oragne pigment due to the production of prodigiosin. Usually the red coloration dose best at reduced temperatures so after initial grown at ... Read More

Promising new method inhibits TB-causing bacteria

Scientists at the The University of Queensland and the University of California San Francisco have found a new way to inhibit the growth of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). 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

The Building Blocks of Life

Scientists like to solve puzzles! There is a sense of completeness when pieces of information fit together. To be a scientist, follow your curiosity by asking questions and recording observations. Hypothesize about why something might be the way it is and put that to the test. You never know wha... Read More
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