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Chromobacterium violaceum, Staphylococcus aureus

Created by: Michelle Vu, Research Associate, BS Microbiology
Isolate: Chromobacterium violaceum, Staphylococcus aureus
Agar: Blood Agar
Incubation Conditions: 24 hours at 37C + 24 hours at Room Temperature

Pictured is Chromobacterium violaceum and Staphylococcus aureus shaped in a valentin... Read More

Pseudomonas aeruginosa with black extracellular pigment

Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from sputum into department of Microbiology - Riuniti Hospital Reggio Calabria .
This strain of Pseudomonas secretes brown/black extracellular pigment: pyomelanin.
Photo from D'Aleo Francesco archive. Read More

Have a Happy Bioluminescent Fourth of July!

In this post from my Microbiology/Education blog, I wish everyone a lovely day of food, fellowship, and fireworks. My laboratory brings you our own "fireworks" through bioluminescence! Read More

This Psychedelic Art Is Actually Bacteria

This swirling mass may look like some kind of LSD trip, but it's actually fractal artwork created using bacteria.

Produced by Eshel Ben-Jacob—a scientist-cum-artist at Tel Aviv University—the piece came about thanks to two strains of bacteria which grew together in interesting and weird ways.... Read More

Antibiotic Producing Fungal Colony

This fungal colony, in association with a few others, was grown on SDA and appears to be an antibiotic producer. The compounds that it's producing appear orange and red. The colony grew and began producing compounds on the agar after five days incubation at 30 degree Celsius. This plate is part ... Read More

Lipid Agar

Lipid Plate/Tributyrin Agar used to test for an organisms ability to produce the exoenzyme lipase which breaks down the lipids in the agar creating a clear zone around the organism. (A) Serratia marcesens, lipid hydrolysis, indicated by a zone of clearing around the growing colony, as well as th... Read More

Slime producing Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar

Slime production by Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar; demonstrated by black colored colonies. Slime production is one of the most important virulence factors produced by Coagulase negative Staphylococci.

The colonies of slime non-producing strains remain pink to red.
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Cyanobacterium Anabaena planctonica

Olympus Bioscapes, Honorable Mention, Dr. Petr Znachor, Laboratory of Phytoplankton Ecology, Institute of Hydrobiology,Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Specimen: Cyanobacterium Anabaena planctonica, Technique: Nomarski contrast, 20x Objective Read More

Antibiotics work against viruses

Got your attention, eh? This page discusses why so many people believe that antibiotics kill viruses, and what you can do about that myth. Actually, it's not even a myth ... antibiotics DO work against viruses. The problem is that the word "antibiotics" is redefined by some to be a synonym of... Read More

Swarming Motility/ Proteus mirabilis

A sample of Proteus mirabilis was inoculated on to a TSA plate by taking a sterile swab and placing a drop in the center of the plate. The plate was then incubated at 37 degrees for 8 hrs. Swarming motility can be seen as a clear halo and finger like projections coming from and around the grow... Read More

Antimicrobial affect of acidophil actimyces isolated from Azerbaijan's soil against E.coli

This picture proves antagonistic property of acidophil actinomyces against Escherichia coli. These cultures of actinomyces were isolated from Azerbaijan's soil in 2012 by me. Read More

Putting the "fun" in fungal cultures

I was checking our fungal culture plates in the microbiology lab...and came across this happy little colony of Candida albicans on an Inhibitory Mold Agar plate. Kind of made my day! Read More

Why are bacteria all the same size

Just when we think we know everything, a story comes along to remind us that there is something fundamental--and seemingly elementary--that we still haven't figured out. “Why are we the size we are? Why are our organs the size they are? Why are the cells in those organs a stereotypical size? Wha... Read More

To combat the overuse of antibacterials, stop using the absolutely terrible word, "antibiotic"

There are many reasons why bacteria evolve resistance to antibacterials, but one of the preventable reasons is the over-prescription of antibacterials to patients who don't have bacterial infections. But how to get people to stop asking for antibacterials? My suggestion is to stop using the wor... Read More

A Bacterial Bioluminescent Valentine's Day

In this short post, I celebrate Valentine's Day with words of light---using bioluminescent bacteria! Read More

Blood agar/Hemolysis

Three organisms inoculated onto blood agar, straight line inoculation, to demonstrate hemolysis. From top to bottom:
Streptococcus pyogenes: beta, complete lysis of red blood cells, clear area around colony growth.
Streptococcus bovis: alpha, incomplete lysis of red blood cells, green area ... Read More

New drugs for bad bugs

Washington University in St Louis chemist Timothy Wencewicz says we’ll stay ahead of antibiotic resistance only if we find drugs with new scaffolds, or core chemical structures. One promising candidate, an antibiotic made by a bacterium than infects plants, caught his attention because it contai... Read More

Serratia marcescens/Escherichia coli mix

Serratia marcescens/Escherichia coli mix grown on TSA for 48 hrs. Serratia marcescens grows red due to prodigiosin and Escherichia coli grows opaque white. Read More

Harmful Algal Blooms - Microcystis ehrenbergii

You may notice a green, red or brown film on your favorite boating or swimming area in the summer. This coloring could mean that the water is affected by harmful algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms are an accumulation of tiny organisms known as algae and can release harmful toxins into the enviro... Read More

Bacterial colonies lend whole new meaning to "smartphone culture"

A relatively straightforward classroom experiment produces fascinating images by students at the University of Surrey when they imprinted their smartphone onto a bacterial growth medium. Read More
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