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
Nikon Small World Honorable Mention 2008 photomicrography competition, Dr. Petr Znachor, Institute of Hydrobiology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Coiled filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. (600x)
Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast Read More
With its abdomen engorged with a host blood meal, this image depicts a lateral, or side view of a female blacklegged, or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis.
The blacklegged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, transmits Lyme disease, a disease caused by a spiral shaped bacterial microbe, Borrelia burgdor... Read More
sputum achieving score of 0 because of abundant squamous cells and absence of neutrophils - a mixed culture occurred with colonies resembling pseudomas aeruginosa, escheria coli and klebsiella or enterobacter Read More
Einstein in E. coli, an apple tree grown from fungi and a fluorescent Mario are just some of the masterworks cast in agar jelly by creative microbiologists. Read More
Acholeplasma laidlawii, light micrograph (approximately 400X) Unstained. Note colonial morphology and classical 'fried-egg' appearance after 4 days growth Read More
Immunoelectrophoresis. Wells 1 and 2 rabbit serum, Wells 3 rabbit gammaglobulin, trough 1 and 3 antirabbit serum, trough 2 anti-gamma-globulin Read More
Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Gram stain of 36 hour thioglycolate broth culture (1000X) Read More
In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... Read More
Exophiala jeanselmei. Some conidiophores are very short lateral pegs on hyphae. LCB stain Read More
These images are amazing and beautiful.
From Wired - "A virus so large and strange that it’s redefined the very concept of a virus has been photographed for the first time. It’s even weirder than expected." Read More
This SEM depicts a couple of clusters of aerobic Gram-negative, non-motile Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria as seen under a magnification of 12,739x.
Members of the genus Acinetobacter are nonmotile rods, 1-1.5µm in diameter, and 1.5-2.5µm in length, becoming spherical in shape while in their... Read More
Scanning electromicrograph of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID). Read More
E. coli on Endo Agar from my class of Water and Food Microbiology. Read More
This is an 3D image of conidiophores of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa. Conidiophores are hyphae which differentiate to produce asexual structures named spores or conidia. The image taken using a confocal microscope shows conidiophores stained with a fluorophore which stains components... Read More
Freelance photographer Nicola “Okin” Frioli has taken a collection of photographs/portraits of people wearing surgical masks in Mexico City. It's an interesting art project that looks at the impact swine flu has on the city's residents. Read More
Microsporum canis macroconidium. Unstained interference phase (1000X) Read More
Germaphobes, maybe you're on to something.
Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected person's sneeze or snot. Some can even stay on a surface for months, given the right conditions. While the ability of these microorganisms to actual... Read More