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Corynebacterium diphtheriae on tellurite

Corynebacterium diphtheriae on tellurite Read More

Supernova bacteria

Bacteria engineered to act as genetic clocks flash in synchrony. Here, a "supernova" burst in a colony of coupled genetic clocks just after reaching critical cell density. Superimposed: A diagram from the notebook of Christiaan Huygens, who first characterized synchronized oscillators in the 17t... Read More

Streptomyces albus

Streptomycetes are a member actinomycete family. Streptomycetes are usually found in soil and are important decomposers. They are aerobic, gram-positive, filamentous rods that create branching hyphae. They also produce more than half of the world's antibiotics, and are therefore very valuable in... 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

Microbiology Christmas Tree

This is a picture of the Christmas tree in the University of Colorado Hospital Microbiology Department.

The tree is adorned with homemade culture plate ornaments (one for each staff member) and topped with a stuffed Staphylococcus aureus microbe. Read More

Cladosporium trichoides

Cladosporium trichoides hyphae and brown sclerotic cells in abscess of abdominal wall. H & E stain Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum in blood smear

Histoplasma capsulatum in blood smear from human patient. Yeasts in macrophages. Each cell has clear area surrounding yeast cell Read More

Specific F.A. staining of pleomorphic organisms in sputum of patient with tuberculosis

Specific F.A. staining of pleomorphic organisms in sputum of patient with tuberculosis Read More

The Leopard and the Mouse: A Microbiologist's Take

The Small Things Considered blog has a post by Fred Neidhardt, F.G. Novy Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, that looks at two photos snapped by 19-year-old Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Ra... Read More

Spirogyra and Oscillatoria

A microscopic view of Spirogyra (eukaryote) and Oscillatoria (prokaryote). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Gram stain of mixed culture of cocci and rods

Gram stain of mixed culture of cocci and rods.Streptobacillus morphological arrangement is shown. (Approx X1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Zoonotic villains #1 - Marburg virus

Saints preserve us from this one. A highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, Marburg is less well known that it's cousin Ebola, (they're both members of the deeply troublesome Filovirus family) but no less deadly.
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Conidia of Exophiala jeanselmei

Conidia of Exophiala jeanselmei. Sporulation is from 'shoulder' or distal end of a hyphal cell, or from the tip of a conidiophore. LCB stain. Read More

Coccidioidomycosis. Map of endemic areas.

Coccidioidomycosis. Map of endemic areas (outlined on black) in South America Read More

Missing Carl Woese---RIP!

I comment a bit, as an educator, about the loss of Carl Woese. Not only the importance of his discoveries, but how he went about his work, remains of great value. Read More

Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA)

Mannitol Salt Agar (MSA)
•Important Ingredients: Phenol red, mannitol (sugar), 7.5% NaCl
•Differential: between pathogenic S. aureus and S. epidermidis
•Selective: NaCl inhibits non-halophilic organisms. Organism that can grow are halophilic.
•Mannitol Fermentors: fermentation of acid cau... Read More

Human African trypanosomiasis

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

Haematococcus, Euplotes, and Cyclidium

Haematococcus (algae), Euplotes (protozoa), and Cyclidium (ciliate) (400x)

2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington, USA Read More

E. coli on media from urine culture

This is an interesting image I found on Flickr. The shiny yellowish/green stuff is e.coli. It is growing on media and from a urine culture. Read More

Feeling Blue, Trypanosoma brucei

Trypanosoma brucei, a protozoan parasite, is the causative agent of African sleeping sickness in humans (T. b. gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense) and nagana in cattle (T. b. brucei). These diseases result in much economic hardship and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The life cycle of these organi... Read More
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