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
Dark-field preparation of Treponema pallidum. (approx X1000). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
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
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
Cladosporium trichoides hyphae and brown sclerotic cells in abscess of abdominal wall. H & E stain Read More
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
Histoplasma capsulatum in blood smear from human patient. Yeasts in macrophages. Each cell has clear area surrounding yeast cell Read More
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
Specific F.A. staining of pleomorphic organisms in sputum of patient with tuberculosis Read More
A microscopic view of Spirogyra (eukaryote) and Oscillatoria (prokaryote). Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
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
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
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.
Coccidioidomycosis. Map of endemic areas (outlined on black) in South America Read More
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
A false-coloured scanning electron microscope image of an African trypanosome, the parasite which causes sleeping sickness. Read More
Haematococcus (algae), Euplotes (protozoa), and Cyclidium (ciliate) (400x)
2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington, USA Read More
A group of students (Adrienne Linzemann, Jose Aveja, Elsa quintero), staff (William Thompson), and faculty (Farahnaz Movahedzadeh) from Harold Washington College participated in Chicago River interdisciplinary project with the leadership of VP Margie Martyn, and isolated Pseudomonas fluorescens ... Read More