Microscopic view of gram-positive Listeria monocytogenes (rods) (approx. original X 1,000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
A dying pelican crawls away from the surf to die on the beach of Paita, Peru on May 2, 2012. According to Peruvian vice minister of Environment, Gabriel Quijandria, the cause of death of thousands of fish, sea birds and diverse animal wildlife that has been washing ashore in the northern coasts ... Read More
Circular, smooth, entire, opaque colonies of Proteus vulgaris on a nutrient agar plate. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
View an interactive animation of the life cycle of the malaria parasite, of the genus Plasmodium. The lifecycle of the malaria parasite is split between female mosquitoes and humans. In the mosquito gut, the parasites complete sexual reproduction and then multiply rapidly to produce many more p... Read More
Virus-bacterium associations were examined in the natural environment of a termite's hindgut. Three general scenarios were seen. In the first (1) there was a one-to-one association: one type of virus matched one type of bacterium host. In the second (2) the host bacterium was associated wi... Read More
Type IV pilus filaments on Gram-negative bacterial pathogens control movement, attachment, immune escape, and natural transformation. Pili are attractive targets for vaccines and therapeutics because of the key role they play in bacterial virulence as well as their prominent cell surface exposur... Read More
These bacteria induce the assembly of actin-rich tails in the host cell cytoplasm, which enable them to move rapidly. Motile bacteria spread from cell to cell by forming membrane-enclosed protrusions that are engulfed by neighboring cells. (B) Fluorescence micrograph of the bacteria moving in a ... Read More
This scanning electron micrograph shows mycoplasma (colorized pink), a genus of bacteria that lack a cell wall. Without a cell wall they are unaffected by many common antibiotics, such as penicillin, or other beta-lactam antibiotics that work by targeting cell wall synthesis. These mycoplasma ar... Read More
This scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a number of Leptospira sp. bacteria atop a 0.1. µm polycarbonate filter.
Leptospira interrogans causes leptospirosis, a usually mild febrile illness that may result in liver or kidney failure. Leptospira is a flexible, spiral-shaped, Gram-negati... Read More
This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted large numbers of Gram-positive Enterococcus faecalis sp. bacteria.
“Enterococci, leading causes of nosocomial bacteremia, surgical wound infection, and urinary tract infection, are becoming resistant to many and sometimes al... Read More
Gram-negative rods –Alcaligenes faecalis species (approx X1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
Photograph of a poster issued by the Chinese government in the late 1970s depicting the spread of schistosomes to humans from snails as a consequence of agricultural practices. These posters have been in the office of Dickson Despommier since the 1970s. Read More
The tiny water bacterium Caulobacter crescentus secretes a sugary substance so sticky that just a tiny bit could hold several cars together. First, it attaches to a surface at the end of its cell body, which has a propeller-like flagellum. On contact, the flagellum stops moving with help from ne... Read More
. . . to do YOUR part to help stamp out what are now called STI's. Funny how as our knowledge of STI's and our ability to treat them has bloomed, our societal level of comfort with such PSAs seems to have withered. I used to see cleverly designed (and carefully/antiseptically couched) PSAs ab... Read More
Streptomyces spp. on various cultivation media. Production of different pigments and formation of aerial mycelia. Colonies after approximately 15 days of cultivation in aerobic atmosphere, 28°C. Environmental isolates.
Streptomyces is the largest genus of Actinobacteria and the type genus of ... Read More
This poster has ten (10) mildly interesting facts about antibiotics, just in case you needed a poster or handout for Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov 18-24, 2013). You can download PDF at "source" URL, above. Please feel free to share this graphic with your students, classmates, colleagues, frien... Read More
Unstained, temporary wet mount showing size relationship between yeast cells (Saccharomyces) and bacterial rods (Bacillus subtilis). (approx. X 100). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
Gram-positive cocci showing various morphological arrangements including diplococcus and tetrads. (approx. X970). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
As the bacteria grow within a biofilm, they organize themselves into reproducible patterns and shapes that can be predicted with mathematical models.
Image: Confocal microscopy of a bacterial biofilm composed of Escherichia coli expressing the fluorescent proteins mCherry and sfGFP. The image w... Read More
Salmonella is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals.
The Salmonella family includes over 2,300 serotypes of bacteria which are one-cel... Read More