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Have your rotten food or dead bugs scanned with a benchtop SEM for free!

The ASPEX Corporation, a leader in scanning electron microscopes and microanalysis software, is offering a free benchtop SEM scan of anything you can think to send them! Past submissions have included mold, cat hair, a penny and an assortment of other random objects. This is a unique opportunity... Read More

What could this colony be ?

Dear Members,

I happen to come across some colonies (I thinks its a bacterium) on some left over yoghurt and was wondering if someone could help me to identify it.

About the colonies.

I had left some yoghurt in the fridge for some days. I noticed that the yoghurt surface has been stain... Read More

Chromobacterium violaceum, Staphylococcus aureus

Created by: Michelle Vu, Research Associate, BS Microbiology
Isolate: Chromobacterium violaceum, Staphylococcus aureus
Agar: Blood Agar
Incubation Conditions: 24 hours at 37C + 24 hours at Room Temperature

Pictured is Chromobacterium violaceum and Staphylococcus aureus shaped in a valentin... Read More

Lipid Agar

Lipid Plate/Tributyrin Agar used to test for an organisms ability to produce the exoenzyme lipase which breaks down the lipids in the agar creating a clear zone around the organism. (A) Serratia marcesens, lipid hydrolysis, indicated by a zone of clearing around the growing colony, as well as th... Read More

Aspergillus fumigatus

Fragments from above compost pile, covered with Aspergillus fumigatus Read More

H1N1 Influenza Virus Particles

Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing H1N1 influenza virus particles. Surface proteins on the virus particles are shown in black. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID). Read More

Pseudomonas aeruginosa with black extracellular pigment

Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from sputum into department of Microbiology - Riuniti Hospital Reggio Calabria .
This strain of Pseudomonas secretes brown/black extracellular pigment: pyomelanin.
Photo from D'Aleo Francesco archive. Read More

BacterioFiles 213 - Bird Bacteria Bolster Babies

This episode: Hoopoes inoculate their eggs with protective bacteria!


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2009 MicrobeLibrary Editor's Choice Award Winner: Fruiting Bodies and Mature Basidiospores of the Stalked Puffball Mushroom, Calostoma sp.

Each year the ASM's MicrobeLibrary Visual Collection Editorial Committee presents the Editor's Choice Award to three visual resources (one animation, one still image, and one video) published over the past year. The chosen resources exemplify the criteria for publication in the MicrobeLibrary. T... Read More

THESE YEAST CELLS SAY ‘HI’ AND OTHERS RESPOND

Scientists have engineered yeast cells that can “talk” to one another using a versatile plant hormone called auxin.

Typically, these simple fungal cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) usually do their jobs—making bread rise or converting sugar into alcohol—without having to communicate or work to... Read More

Hookworm poster

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

Serpentine cording in Mycobacterium tuberculosus

Pictured is a culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growing colonies in the distinctive "serpentine cord" form seen in many strains of M. tuberculosis. These cords are made up of chains of cells that make chains due to a cell wall factor of MTB.

The cell wall structure of Mycobacterium is a m... Read More

Slime producing Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar

Slime production by Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar; demonstrated by black colored colonies. Slime production is one of the most important virulence factors produced by Coagulase negative Staphylococci.

The colonies of slime non-producing strains remain pink to red.
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Smartphone adapted for use as a video microscope to detect parasites in blood in under resourced communities

This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More

Herpes simplex, type 1

Herpes simplex, type 1. Isolate in human fetal diploid cell cultures, identified by direct FA staining (R.W. Emmons) Read More

Worms from Hell lecture at the Smithsonian (Picture)

(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

Yersinia pestis bacteria

Scanning electron micrograph of Yersinia pestis, which causes bubonic plague, on proventricular spines of a Xenopsylla cheopis flea. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID) Read More

Astrobiologists Discover Strange Benthic Microbial Mats in Antarctica

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

Antibiotic Producing Fungal Colony

This fungal colony, in association with a few others, was grown on SDA and appears to be an antibiotic producer. The compounds that it's producing appear orange and red. The colony grew and began producing compounds on the agar after five days incubation at 30 degree Celsius. This plate is part ... Read More

"Come over baby/whole lot of shakin' goin' on"

Perhaps Jerry Lee Lewis's rock n' roll classic will soon be topping the charts of virologists world wide! Read More
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