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Microbe vs. Mineral: A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert

The bursts of rainbow colors in this photograph are mesmerizing, yet microbes are fighting for their lives in the background. Michael P. Zach of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, snapped this image of a salt sample he collected in a hot, arid valley near Death Valley National Park in Ca... Read More

Non-acid-fast rods

Non-acid-fast rods (Corynebacterium species). (approx. X 1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on Microbeworld. Read More

1918 influenza virions

This negative stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) shows recreated 1918 influenza virions that were collected from supernatants of 1918-infected Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells cultures 18 hours after infection.

To separate these virions, the MDCK cells are spun down (centrif... Read More

From Microbes to Crude

Accompanying the previous NYT article 'Tracing Oil Reserves to their Tiny Origins" is this graphic which depicts the oil formation process. Read More

Streptococcus pneumoniae mucoid strain

Streptococcus pneumoniae cells are Gram-positive, lancet-shaped cocci. Usually, they are seen as pairs of cocci, but they may also occur singly and in short chains. In this photo a mucoid strain on blood agar showing alpha hemolysis (green zone surrounding colonies). Note the zone of inhibition ... Read More

Gram-negative rods

Gram-negative rods. (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria

Under a high magnification of 15549x, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted some of the ultrastructural details seen in the cell wall configuration of a number of Gram-positive Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. As an obligate aerobic organism M. tuberculosis can only surv... Read More

Raw Sewage

Raw Sewage. Cellulose fibers. Note; limited cellulolytic activity Read More

Swarming Motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Strain: Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14
Medium: M8 minimal medium agar plates
Incubation Conditions: 48 hours at 37°C
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative, rod-shaped and monoflagellated bacterium that has an incredible nutritional versatility. Swarming motility, a flagellum-dependent behavi... Read More

Rhizopus microsporus

Rhizopus microsporus
It causes human mucormycosis and bovine mycotic abortion.
It is distinguished from R.arrhizus by its shorter stalk, and smaller sporangia and spores.
Variant forms
Var.oligosporus : has elongated columellae ; spores less obviously striated.
Var.rhizopodiformis : has ... Read More

Mycobacterium smegmatis

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

Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP

Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green) (100X), Deconvolution. 36th annual Nikon Small World competition 11th place photography winner.

Paul D. Andrews, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK Read More

Craterium minutum

Fluorescent image of the sporangium, an enclosure in which spores are formed, of the slime mold Craterium minutum. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®. Credit: Dr. Dalibor Matýsek, Mining University - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic Read More

The incredible tiny world of microbiology

The winners of Olympus' annual live sciences photography competition are in, with the top 10 submissions revealing an entire world of microscopic wonder.

It's the 10th year of Olympus' BioScapes international digital-imaging competition — where photographers from around the globe can send in ... Read More

Hookworm egg

Shown here is a picture of a hookworm egg found on a concentrate in an ova & parasite exam

Human hookworms include the nematode species, Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus. These species have indistinguishable eggs and can only be distinguished by their larvae.

Infective larvae g... Read More

Cytomegalovirus in human foreskin tissue cells(40X)

Cytomegalovirus in human foreskin tissue cells (40X) Acridine orange stain. Dark, olive green bodies in refractile cells are intranuclear inclusions. Also show paranuclear bodies which are stained darker Read More

Dangerous Rendezvous

A macrophage (pale brown) interacts with Borrelia cells (blue), the spirochete bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Although the outer membrane of Borrelia contains a strong antigen, the OspC protein, the bacterium successfully evades the human immune system by hiding out in places less accessible ... Read More

Finger Inoculation Gram Stain 1000X

I just received a microscope the other day with a detachable USB camera! This is one of the first photos I took on it. Not the best as I'm still learning how to use it... but there are distinct Gram positive bacilli, cocci (diplococci I believe), and Gram negative bacilli from a finger inocula... Read More

Got one nasty sucker here folks . . .

Seen here via immunohistochemical staining of a gastric biopsy is the Heliobacter Pylori bacteria, or H. Pylori if you're in a hurry.
Able to survive the intensely acidic environment that is the human stomach, H. Pylori actually gets downright comfortable there. The bacterium has flagella and... 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
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