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A bacterial colony in 3D

You can see a interpretation of a Methylobacterium sp colony in 3D. The colony has an high profile because the medium in Petri dish has suffered dehydration.
Tools used for the picture is ImageJ "Extended Depth of Field"
More information in my blog: http://www.microgaia.net/2014/07/una-colonia... Read More

Yeast go viral #agarart2015

Unlike human viruses that cause disease, yeast viruses do not cause any obvious illness in yeast. On the contrary, some viruses of yeast are beneficial and produce toxins that kill off competing yeast, allowing their host to thrive. We often think of viruses as agents of death and disease, but... Read More

Dancing Bacteria #agarart2015

The organisms used in this peace react to each other as if they were performing a unique dance. When S.agalactiae is reacting to S.aureus it gets excited and creates a golden clearing in the blood agar as if it was pointing directly at its partner. S. pneumonia and P.aeruginosa give the dance a ... Read More


Microorganisms reside everywhere, yet they are too small to be seen with the human eye. New York City (NYC) is a melting pot of cultures - both human and microbial - and every citizen has a personalized microbiome. Collectively, we shape NYC’s microbiome by our lifestyle choices, and this unseen... Read More

A Billion Birthdays #agarart2015

If you think rabbits reproduce quickly, wait until you hear about microbes. A single bacterial cell can divide once every 20 minutes. Bacteria also do not grow in the same way as we think of growth; an individual growing larger. In bacteria, one full-grown adult cell divides to form two full-... Read More

A Billion Birthdays

If you think rabbits reproduce quickly, wait until you hear about microbes. A single bacterial cell can divide once every 20 minutes. Bacteria also do not grow in the same way as we think of growth; an individual growing larger. In bacteria, one full-grown adult cell divides to form two full-... Read More

The Brain

This brain inspired image was drawn with orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas along with yellow Nesterenkonia and Bacillus, resulting in swirls, streaks and spots. After letting the art incubate for 2 days at 30C, the final work was sealed in epoxy extending the life of the work for all to view a... Read More

AgarArt 2015

Microbiology is as much a part of the universe as the Mandela represents. In a patient culture we focus on each component. Finding answers in a culture is both stimulating and relaxing. Using science and chemical reactions we get answers. Sometimes it's like solving a really hard puzzle. Ther... Read More

¡Carefull! E. coli has a virus …

The Virus that Infects Bacteria: Bacteriophage. Commonly called phage, are “bacteria eater”. With its six legs, the bacteriophage attaches to the surface of the much larger bacteria. Once attached, the bacteriophage injects DNA into the bacterium and tons of new viruses are produced.
Bacterioph... Read More

Giardia lamblia’s Trophozoite

Waving all over the small intestine, there can be a particular smiley face shaped parasite called Giardia lamblia. One can get the infection by eating cysts from contaminated food or water. This interesting parasite in its trophozoite state, absorbs their nutrients from the lumen of the small in... Read More

Student Art : by Ketsarin Phaopanfeung

The salmon-colored tick displayed on this hektoen enteric agar was created by the sugar fermentation reaction of Klebsiella pneumoniae. On this medium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa grows small and dark green and was used to display the words “Lyme” and “Borrelia” along with the associated spirochete ... Read More


The artist Maria Penil draws much inspiration from biological shapes that are especially found in aquatic environments. In this work Maria painted with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas. She then added sea shells to accentuate bio-aquatic shapes as the agar plate was seal... Read More

Sand Dollar

Using E.coli B strains from NEB (C2566) expressing various chromogenic proteins, the artist Maria Penil was inspired by sand dollars she has seen at her walks off the coast of New England. She grows her painting for two days at 30C then seals her work in epoxy, which surprisingly doesnt kill al... Read More


Neurons and biological shapes is a common theme in the works of the artist Maria Penil. Here she painted with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas isolated for their attractive colors as contaminants in the Berkmen lab. After growing the plates for 2 days at 30C, the artist ... Read More


Painting with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas, the artist Maria Penil made this intriguing pattern of cells. After growing the bacteria at 30C for 2 days, the artist's seals the plate in epoxy. In this peace, a surprising continuation of the pattern was applied with nai... Read More

Microbes are fun

With this art in culture medium I want to show that success just limit ourselves cutting our imagination. It is important to know that no dreamer is small and no dream is too big. I used Chromobacterium violaceum, Serratia marcescens, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa all of them are ... Read More


The artist Maria Penil was inspired by biological shapes and underwater plants for this work. Her care and passion can be seen, as she took a long time to paint with yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas for this work. This resulted in some contamination, which Maria comment... Read More


A plate with fungal contamination was allowed to grow at room temperature for several days. The random circular pattern reminded the artist Maria Penil of planets and inspired by this, using red Serratia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas, she brought the wonders of the microcosmos to our macr... Read More


Using colorful contaminations of yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas along with white Bacillus spots, the artist Maria Penil painted these two jellyfish frolicking on an agar plate at 30 degrees for two days, followed by several days at room temperature for rest and peace. ... Read More

A pink fly

The pink silhouette of the fly was made by using the bacterium Escherichia coli (ATCC® 25922™), a bacterium that inhabits in a friendly manner as a part of the bowel flora within the human and animals large intestine. This bacterium can cause disease for example, on immunocompromised hosts, when... Read More
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