Bioluminescent art blends science and creativity to create images that can only be seen in the dark. What do you get when you add a chemical engineer, a graphic designer and a research scientist? Beautiful art. In a wondrous combination of nature and design, bioluminescent art involves using nat... Read More
(From left to right) NASA astrobiologist Danny Glavin, science writer Marc Kaufman, and geomicrobiologist and Princeton University professor Tullis Onstott, take questions from the audience at last night's Smithsonian-sponsored evening lecture entitled "Worms from Hell" that focused on the lates... Read More
Richard Lenski, Hannah Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read More
Most mushrooms actually do not produce the visible fruiting bodies known to us as boletus, champignons, or toadstools. Many fungal species are the familiar “mold” and other unappetizing films, or are completely unknown to us. Here, you can discover some of the remarkable shapes and lifestyles of... Read More
Scanning electromicrograph of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID). Read More
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
Here's what you can get out of about a liter of LB agar. They have a very low concentration of Tetracycline in them to allow for a more permissive growth pattern. All in a night's work! Read More
Photosynthetic microbial mats forming large conical structures up to half a meter tall have been discovered by astrobiologists in Lake Untersee, Antarctica. This research is described in an article in the May 2011 issue of the journal Geobiology.
Lake Untersee is located at 71°20'S, 13°45'E i... Read More
Streak plate isolation of E. coli on MacConkey Agar grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees. E. coli demonstrates strong lactose fermentation indicated by the bright pink halo, bile precipitant around the colonies, and pink colony growth. Read More
Lactose fermenter (escherichia coli) on Russell's double sugar agar Read More
Herpes simplex, type 1. Isolate in human fetal diploid cell cultures, identified by direct FA staining (R.W. Emmons) Read More
This is a joint project with water color artist Sarah Roberts to study the interaction of bacteria with traditional water colors. Many different types of bacteria have been assessed but only two so far, can be said to paint. When the white pigmented bacterium Proteus mirabilis, and the red Serra... Read More
Serratia marcesens is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in soil, water, on plants and in animals and thrives in damp conditions. This organism is well known for its production of the blood red pigment, prodigiosin. Production of prodigiosin can be influenced by several... 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
Photograph of a poster issued by the Chinese government in the late 1970s depicting the spread of hookworm to humans by the use of human feces as fertilizer. A prevention method is also illustrated - wearing shoes. These posters have been in the office of Dickson Despommier since the 1970s. Read More
Under a relatively low magnification of 121X, this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an untreated water specimen extracted from a wild stream mainly used to control flooding during inclement weather, revealed the presence of unidentified organisms, which included bacteria... Read More
Physarum polycephalum, slime mold, grown in a large perti plate on moist paper towels using oatmeal as the food source. Culture was grown in the dark at room temperature. The paper towel was moistened every day with tap water. After 3 week’s the culture formed sporangia (fruiting bodies). Im... Read More
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green).
Photo taken from NIAID flicker Read More
escheria coli bacteriophage plaque count. four dilution plates (10x) Read More