Microbiological art: soul paintings on petri dishes
Microbiological art: soul paintings on petri dishes
Microbiologists paint with petri dishes as drawing paper, inoculation rings as pens, bacteria and fungi as "pigments".

nowadays, the forms of art have become more and more diverse, and people are no longer satisfied with drawing with paper and pen. As a result, there are many magical forms of creation, such as fresh and sweet people who pour candy bears boiled on glass panels:

heavy flavors are used as brushes:

and in microbiology labs, there are also soul painters who do not go the usual way. They used petri dishes as paper, inoculation rings as pens, and all kinds of bacteria and fungi as pigments to draw unique works.

petri dish painting is actually quite popular, and the microbiology website Microbe World even holds an annual competition for these creations. Today, let's enjoy some of the works on this site.

first of all, let's release my favorite: Candida surfing

author: Cristina Marcos Arias

what we use here are three different kinds of Candida, Candida is a fungus, usually there are many around us. Sometimes they also infect humans, causing annoying vaginitis and other problems.

this is cultivated on a special chromogenic medium, so Candida albicans will show blue.

the following is also a bifidobacterium flower that has been posted on Weibo, expressing fluorescent protein:

Looking to illustrate a bewitching look with our chic sheer chiffon bridal wear? There are all lengths and styles in our collection.

author: Patricia Ruas-Madiedo

I have to say, it's quite beautiful.

however, not everyone in this competition has a big touch. We can still see a lot of works with more cute painting styles and even souls, but they are actually very thoughtful. Let's take a look at a few

a fish. It's a bit like the unspread pancake _ (: cake "∠) _

, which is rich in" pigments ": purple chromobacillus Chromobacterium violaceum, West Palace skin cocci Dermacoccus nishinomiyaensis, Serratia marcescens Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus epidermidis Staphylococcus epidermidis, Corynebacterium dryeri Corynebacterium xerosis. And Aeromonas hydrophila Aeromonas hydrophila

(this is purely at the level of Google translation, so I leave my Latin name for your reference.)

author: Rita Moyes

vein puncture time. In fact, this vein is painted well

pink is Staphylococcus aureus, white is saprophytic staphylococci, blue is Enterococcus faecalis. It is also thanks to the chromogenic medium that their colonies turn into this color.

these bacteria can be found in the human body. They usually coexist peacefully with people, but sometimes they can cause infection.

author: Kathy Stellrecht

A resentful owl that looks like it hasn't slept for centuries (actually painted quite well)

the main part is salmonella, and the eyes are made up of E. coli.

author: Kathy Stellrecht

then the following is a birthday cake with very simple painting style _ (: birthday "∠) _

author: Preston Nowak

(what bacteria are you using? It's not written here. )

all in all, the petri dish painting is quite interesting, and it feels that microbiologists are also very interesting.

if you have a chance to do a microbiological experiment, you can also try to

search microbe art to find more works ~