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Glimpse of an Alien World, in Yellowstone National Park

This week's Microbial Science Friday article on the ASM blog is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park System. It takes place in the world's first national park, Yellowstone--where some of the most exotic and colorful microbial communities live. #NPS100 Read More

"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 6

"Hivi and his team of viruses (Ebola, Pox,..etc) believe they can win the battle, but the Virologists (who are real famous professors) beat them. However, new viruses pop-up, it will be a long battle. This makes the story very interesting and ever so engaging."
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ACKNOWLEDGMEN... Read More

Let it Glow! People "painting" with luminous bacteria onto plates #luxart

Painting with glowing bacteria. What better way to get students anyone excited about microorganisms? Dr. Mark O. Martin, a self-proclaimed “Microbial Supremacist” uses glowing bacteria to entice students to explore the mysteries of microbiology. Now fellow microbiology educators at ASMCUE creat... Read More

Serratia marcescens/

Serratia marcescensgrown on TSA for 48 hrs. at 37 degree's C then held at room temp for 24 hrs. Serratia marcescens is circular, mucoid and has a red to oragne pigment due to the production of prodigiosin. Usually the red coloration dose best at reduced temperatures so after initial grown at ... Read More

Beautiful Bacillus III

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a beige matt colony, rhizoid and raised in the center, mucoid in the cen... Read More

Yes, please

Fungal face casting
agar piece
free seeding
7 days of growing
home laboratory Read More

PROTEUS

PROTEUS swarming in BG agar, Just beautiful. Read More

Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit

In this blog post, I share the creative projects that my Biology 350 (Microbiology) micronauts created this semester. They range from video parodies, to prose poems, to short-short stories to sculptures and needlepoint. Enjoy! Read More

Pic of the day - Acremonium strictum

Acremonium strictum grown on Potato Dextrose Agar Read More

Unusual contaminant morphology

Unknown contaminant seen growing on Brain Heart Infusion (BHI) agar plate after several months at refrigerated temperatures, The organism grew at the edge of the agar plate interface, was smooth and circular, cream/beige mat at the base which mounded up, the edges or center of the colony had fi... Read More

5% NaCl BHI Media Contminant

Fungal contaminant, probable airborne, seen on BHI media containing 5% NaCl after 2 months at refrigerated temperatures. White hyphal "apron" with no spore formation can be seen at the edges with brown spore formation seen in the center. Read More

Beautiful Bacillus IIII

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a beige matt elongated (not circular) colony, rhizoid and raised in the ... Read More

Bacteria from Russian Church Icons

24 hours of cultivating, blood agar, t' 37 Read More

agar art

goggles of E.coli & Ent.aerogens .
in this pic goggles streak by using two organisms E.coli & Ent.aerogens on MacConkey's agar medium...MacConkey agar is selective as well as deferential plating medium....lactose fermenting bacteria produce pink or red color colony because of conversion of neu... Read More

Proteus mirabilis on Blood Agar

A sample of Proteus mirabilis was inoculated on to a blood agar plate by taking a sterile swab and placing a drop in the center of the plate. The plate was then incubated at 37 degrees for 8 hrs. Swarming motility can be seen as a halo around the growth in the center of the plate. Read More

Fungal contaminant on BEA

Fungal contaminant seen on Bile Esculin Agar (BEA) after several months at refrigerated temperatures. The fungus was circular at the edges with mounding in the center and blackening of the media indicating esculin hydrolysis. Read More

BEA contaminant II

Close up of a white fungal contaminants seen on Bile Esculin agar (BEA) after several montha at refrigerated temperature. The BEA agar did turn black indicating esculin hydrolysis. Read More

Table Top Color

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is a colorful mucoid orange yeast (possible rhodotorula) slowly overtaking several other colonies (yellow is a presumable yeast as we... Read More

Bleeding Fungus

Air Collection Data:
Collection Date and Time- February 8, 2016
Weather Conditions and Temperature- 44% relative humidity and 10℃
Collection Location: In the courtyard behind the Savitt Medical Science Building at the University of Nevada, Reno with the collection device facing northeast
Sa... Read More

Finger bacteria

Colorful cluster of colonies seen on a print from a finger grown on TSA at 37 degrees C for 48 hrs. Read More
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