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Scanning electron micrograph of a new genus of beta-Proteobacteria responsible for the degradation of organic oxalate waste produced by Bayer processing

A new genus of beta-Proteobacteria has been isolated from bioreactors treating oxalate wastes that are produced by Bayer refining of bauxite into alumina. The bacteria are indigenous to the alumina refinery environment and are capable of removing up to 40 tonnes of oxalate wastes produced on sit... Read More

Virus causes animal die-off along the coast of Peru

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

Bacillus species

Simple stained preparation of Bacillus species showing rods and spores. (approx. X 970). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Gram-stained preparation of Bacillus subtilis

Gram-stained preparation of Bacillus subtilis showing rods, and spores (empty areas). (approx. 1000 X). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Good for you but don't do it in public!

When I worked at a vet hospital people asked me all the time whether dog's mouths were cleaner than humans. I always told them it was an old wive's tale & wondered about their personal hygiene. Turns out I was wrong! Read More

tetanus in a mouse showing body curvature (opisthotonos)

tetanus in a mouse showing body curvature (opisthotonos) Read More

Zoonotic villains #5 - the Rabies virus

Ahh Rabies, we meet again.
When I worked in vet medicine, it was amongst the few diseases that everyone - doctors, clients, support staff, human law enforcement officers, etc. - knew & feared. Maybe it was it's nearly undefeated record & lethal reputation that drove such caution. After all,... Read More

Atomic Force Microscope Image-E. Coli

This image of the common Eschericia coli--or E. coli--was taken using a special microscope called an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The AFM image was produced by tracking across the top of the bacteria with a very sharp tip. The tip is as sharp as a few atoms. The very small change in height (am... Read More

Hepatitis virions, of an unknown strain of the organism

: This transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed numerous hepatitis virions, of an unknown strain of the organism. In the United States, viral hepatitis is an important public health problem because it causes serious illness, it affects millions, and it has a close connection with HIV. The... Read More

N. gonorrhoeae

This Gram-stained specimen reveals N. gonorrhoeae intracellular diplococci, leading to a positive diagnosis of gonorrhea.

The genus Neisseria consists of aerobic, non-spore-forming Gram-negative coccobacilli, which inhabit the mucous membranes of humans. These microbes require a moist environ... Read More

Fungus on toilet seat

Culturing microbes on nutrient plate and testing for different kind of microbes on specific environment areas. This inoculated nutrient plate that was left for a period of 14 days showed the present of a few different kind of fungus species. It’s common to think that the human palm contains more... Read More

Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes. Gram stain from BHI broth at 36 hours (1000X) Read More

Predictably beautiful

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

Mortierella isabellina

Sporangia and sporangiophore of Mortierella isabellina. LCB Stain Read More

Candida albicans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Blood agar culture of sputum from patient with pneumonia. Compromised host. Colonies of Candida albicans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Note hemolysis around colonies of Pseudomas aeruginosa and colony morphology. Read More

Euglena mutabilis

Living green alga Euglena mutabilis. Technique: Differential interference contrast. Credit: Gerd Gunther, Düsseldorf, Germany

Nikon Small World 2012 Honorable Mention. Read More

Escherichia coli and Salmonella derby

Escherichia coli and Salmonella derby on XLD agar Read More

"E. coli Happens"

E. coli was grown on MacConkey Agar (MAC) at 37 degrees for 24 hour. MAC is a Selective and Differential media used to inhibit G+ growth and some G- bacteria as well as identify and isolate lactose fermenting G- enteric bacteria mainly Enterobacteriaceae. Strong lactose fermentation produces pi... Read More

Tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus Hydatid Cyst

Echinococcus granulosus is a tapeworm parasite that in its larval form can cause hydatid disease, which is characterized by cysts forming within the victim's body. In order to complete its lifecycle, the tapeworm must infect two hosts, a carnivore and a herbivore.

The adult form of Echinococc... Read More

Washington DC H1N1 Mass Vaccination Poster 2009

H1N1 Mass Vaccination Clinic poster from a high school located in NorthWest, DC, November 6, 2009. Read More
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