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Rhizopus Stolonifer (Black bread mold) under magnification of 40X

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Metallo-β-lactamase producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa


The production of Metallo-β-lactamase is one of the resistance mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Metallo-β- lactamases are members of Group B in the molecular classification of Ambler and are Clavulanic acid resistant enzymes which require divalent cations of zinc as co-factors for enzymat... Read More

Ralstonia solanacearum

Amazing pathogen. Phytobacteria Ralstonia solanacearum (green cells) inside Potato vascular tissue. Read More

Ice Nucleation Bacteria, Twitter, and Me!

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

Streptococus pneumoniae

Streptococus pneumoniae in middle ear pus. Gram stain (1200X) Read More

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteria

Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (yellow, round items) killing and escaping from a human white cell. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID) Read More

Corynebacterium diphtheriae

Corynebacterium diphtheriae on Tinsdale agar Read More

Hyphae and Yeasts

Mixed hyphae and yeasts - PAS stain Read More

Urea broth

Urea broth. Demonstrates positive, negative, uninoculated tube (1:6) Read More

S. aureus on MSA Plate

For my medical microbiology course at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania we were asked to take a sample from our nose. Using a sterile cotton swab, a sample was taken from a nostril and then spread onto the Mannitol Salt Agar plate supplied. The plate was incubated at 37 degrees Celsius, then e... Read More

Isolating Histoplasma capsulatum

Small park at 7th St. and Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC. Histoplasma capsulatum was isolated under trees where starlings roosted Read More

The Illustrated Cell

Le Cellule, illus. by Peter Wyss published in Le Livre de Sante by Joseph Handler (Monte Carlo: Andre Sauret, 1967) from the A Journey Round My Skull blog via Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing.net Read More

Physarum polycephalum

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

This Psychedelic Art Is Actually Bacteria

This swirling mass may look like some kind of LSD trip, but it's actually fractal artwork created using bacteria.

Produced by Eshel Ben-Jacob—a scientist-cum-artist at Tel Aviv University—the piece came about thanks to two strains of bacteria which grew together in interesting and weird ways.... Read More

Cholera enterotoxin

Rabbit ileal loop, inoculated with cholera enterotoxin and control Read More

Mycobaterium tuberculosis

A colorized scanning electron micrograph of Mycobaterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause TB.

Tuberculosis (TB)
Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is a contagious and an often severe airborne disease caused by a bacterial infection. TB typically affects the lungs, but it also may aff... Read More

Bacterial colonies lend whole new meaning to "smartphone culture"

A relatively straightforward classroom experiment produces fascinating images by students at the University of Surrey when they imprinted their smartphone onto a bacterial growth medium. Read More

Salmonella sp.

Salmonella sp. on XLT4 agar and Miller Mallinson Agar Read More

Bacteriophage

These bacteria-infecting viruses, phages for short, are the most abundant life-form on the planet, their number far exceeding that of stars in the universe. Trillions inhabit each of us.

Photograph by Department of Microbiology, Biozentrum, University of Basel/Photo Researchers, Inc., All Ima... Read More

Microsporum gypseum colony

Microsporum gypseum colony on Sabouraud's agar (1:5) Read More

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