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fluorescent from Chicago River!

A group of students (Adrienne Linzemann, Jose Aveja, Elsa quintero), staff (William Thompson), and faculty (Farahnaz Movahedzadeh) from Harold Washington College participated in Chicago River interdisciplinary project with the leadership of VP Margie Martyn, and isolated Pseudomonas fluorescens ... Read More

Escherichia coli on Endo Agar

E. coli on Endo Agar from my class of Water and Food Microbiology. Read More

Female blacklegged deer tick, Ixodes scapularis

With its abdomen engorged with a host blood meal, this image depicts a lateral, or side view of a female blacklegged, or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.
The blacklegged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, transmits Lyme disease, a disease caused by a spiral shaped bacterial microbe, Borrelia burgdor... Read More

Endospore Stain Bacillus cereus

B. cereus was grown on urea agar for 6 days at 37 degrees C to induce spore formation.
The endospore stain was done using malachite green as the primary stain and safranin as counter the stain. Malachite green was applied to the smear and set over a steaming water bath for 10 min (stain was no... Read More

Dangerous enterohemorrhagic bacteria E. coli

Most Escherichia coli (E.coli) strains are harmless.But some, like enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), are a hazard to human health and life. Read More

Which is the morphology of this micro-organism?

Please help me! I am planning to identify this microorganism by API but I can not identify the shape (rod or cocci). This microorganism has positive oxidase. Its colony is red, irregular, flat.
Please teach me. Thanks so much! Nhu Thuy from Vietnam
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Tricky Trichy

Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan parasite of the urogenital tract in men and women and causes a sexually transmitted disease, trichomoniasis, in about half of infected women. Infections are associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, an increased inc... Read More

Metallo-β-lactamase producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa


The production of Metallo-β-lactamase is one of the resistance mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Metallo-β- lactamases are members of Group B in the molecular classification of Ambler and are Clavulanic acid resistant enzymes which require divalent cations of zinc as co-factors for enzymat... Read More

Coiled filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp.

Nikon Small World Honorable Mention 2008 photomicrography competition, Dr. Petr Znachor, Institute of Hydrobiology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Coiled filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. (600x)
Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast Read More

Bioluminescent art: Beautiful bacteria glow in the dark

Bioluminescent art blends science and creativity to create images that can only be seen in the dark. What do you get when you add a chemical engineer, a graphic designer and a research scientist? Beautiful art. In a wondrous combination of nature and design, bioluminescent art involves using nat... Read More

Ice Nucleation Bacteria, Twitter, and Me!

In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... Read More

Human African trypanosomiasis

A false-coloured scanning electron microscope image of an African trypanosome, the parasite which causes sleeping sickness. Read More

Starch Agar

Starch agar contains high molecular weight starch molecules (soluable starch). When Iodine is added it reacts with starch to produces a dark brown/purple color. A zone of clearing forms around organisms that produce the exoenzyme amylase after addition of iodine. This plate was incubated for ... Read More

E-coli on TSI

E-coli on TSI Read More

Staphylococcus aureus

Scanning electromicrograph of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID). Read More

Media. Green and blue water colour and Serratia marcescens (red)

This is a joint project with water color artist Sarah Roberts to study the interaction of bacteria with traditional water colors. Many different types of bacteria have been assessed but only two so far, can be said to paint. When the white pigmented bacterium Proteus mirabilis, and the red Serra... Read More

Bacterial Artistry - Serratia marcesens

Serratia marcesens is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in soil, water, on plants and in animals and thrives in damp conditions. This organism is well known for its production of the blood red pigment, prodigiosin. Production of prodigiosin can be influenced by several... Read More

You'll Want To Wash Your Hands Immediately After Reading This (Infographic)

Germaphobes, maybe you're on to something.

Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected person's sneeze or snot. Some can even stay on a surface for months, given the right conditions. While the ability of these microorganisms to actual... Read More

Mycobacterium smegmatis

Streak plate of Mycobacterium smegmatis grown on TSA for 96 hrs. Read More

Physarum polycephalum

Physarum polycephalum, slime mold, grown in a large perti plate on moist paper towels using oatmeal as the food source. Culture was grown in the dark at room temperature. The paper towel was moistened every day with tap water. After 3 week’s the culture formed sporangia (fruiting bodies). Im... Read More

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