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Microbiology is the study of extremely small organisms. This includes organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.

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Is bacterial "colonization" restricted to human body surfaces not the deep tissues?

This seems to be the point where the perspective of human beings from a medical viewpoint intersects with that from an ecological perspective. Colonization is the presence of bacteria on a body ...
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How to store chlorella for a long time at room temperature?

Is it possible to store chlorella for a long time (6 months) at room temperature? I was thinking about desiccation and looked for some studies on it, but I only found this study (https://www....
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Is it possible to improve metabolic rate through quorum sensing?

I am building a microbial fuel cell unit using mint plant and soil microbes. My goal is to power a LED light using the electricity but the electrify that microbes are so little so I am thinking of ...
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Why is the assimilation of single carbon sources exclusively, rather than other elements, used for phenotypic identification of bacteria?

Background Single element source assimilation testing: determines if an organism can grow using a single source of the specific element being tested. These tests constitute many of the tests in the ...
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What is (are) the species responsible for Lake Natron red waters?

Lake Natron is an alkaline lake located in northern Tanzania. It is known for its red waters, as seen on this image: Natural-color Landsat 8 image showing Lake Natron in March 2017. NASA, public ...
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Can saltwater bacteria grow in petri-dish using the same agar nutrient media?

I am planning on growing bacteria from a seawater sample to do a research project on the relationship between pH (lowered using sulfuric acid) and the bacterial concentration of the water sample (...
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What is a reference strain in DNA-DNA hybridization DNA groups?

Results DNA groups identified: All intra-group relatedness values are shown in Table I. By means of reference strains, most of the DNA groups could be identified as groups described by Bouvet & ...
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What is the largest culturable bacterium?

E. coli is easy to grow in the lab. It has a volume around $0.6 \mu m^3$. Source T. namibiensis can be much larger, with a volume on the order of ${10^6}\mu m^3$. Source However, T. namibiensis is not ...
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Does heterogeneous resistance have an impact on the zone diameter observed in disk diffusion susceptibility testing?

Question Does the presence of small, discrete colonies within the zone of inhibition, suggesting heterogeneous resistance, impact the zone diameter in disk diffusion susceptibility testing? "Help ...
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Cynobacteria vs. BGA

I am really confused. On google and other places(though very old) it is mentioned that Cynobacteria are the same as BGA(Blue-Green Algae) and are technically bacteria and are places under the kingdom ...
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Can a stereo microscope be used for mycology?

I have a need for a stereo microscope to do electronics work. I also have a strong desire for a stereo microscope to do mycology. I would like to be able to, Clearly identify mycelium, from bacterial ...
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Can bacterial DNA solutions, which include other cellular components, be stored without compromising DNA stability?"

Question Can bacterial DNA solutions, which include other cellular components, be stored without compromising DNA stability?" Details I'm using the boiling extraction method to extract ...
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What effect does L-cysteine have in a growth medium on Lactobacillus and Bombilactobacillus found in bee species?

To cultivate Lactobacillus and Bombilactobacillus species we used MRS supplemented with 2% fructose in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions and also MRS supplemented with 2% fructose and 0.1% L-...
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How is the zone of inhibition formed in disk diffusion?

Question How is the zone of inhibition formed in disk diffusion? What I mean by the formation of the zone of inhibition is not the ultimate visibility of such zone but the circumstances that result in ...
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Relation of pH and amino acids in microtitr assay

I am testing a Biolog plate (https://www.biolog.com/products/metabolic-characterization-microplates/) in which the wells test for the optimum pH at which my bacterium grows. Aside from having a range ...
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What is the biological pathway for the biodegradation of DDT (pesticide)?

There are various micro organisms which can degrade DDT. Which micro organism is most frequently used for biodegradation of DDT and what is the metabolic pathway by which DDT is degraded?
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What's pooling in the spread plate technique?

"Distributing the organisms by rotating the spreader rather than the plate tends to cause more pooling of the inoculum." https://asm.org/ASM/media/Protocol-Images/Preparing-Spread-Plates-...
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Qpcr negative efficiency

Hello Stack Exchange Biology world, I have struggled with my qPRC results for over 5 months. I have a bunch of DNA samples, and I want to find the quantity of Pseudomonas syringae contained. My issue ...
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What is important in the Luria-Latarjet effect?

In the seminal paper Luria, S.E. and Latarjet, R. (1964) “Ultraviolet irradiation of bacteriophage during intracellular growth”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States ...
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Cell Size and Morphology of Microalgae under Wastewater

Hypothetical situation ahead, I am just curious whether the cell size and cell morphology of microalgae changes when it is under the influence of wastewater. For instance, mixing the microalgae ...
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Why do we choose to use agar instead of agarose in various microbial applications?

When performing gel-electrophoresis we always use agarose. Is there a reason we can't perform it using Agar? And in microbial culture Agar is commonly used as solidifying agent, could this be replaced ...
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Does inoculum volume affect spread plate outcome?

Background The spread plate method is a technique used in microbiology to enumerate and isolate bacteria or other microorganisms present in a sample. It involves evenly spreading a liquid sample ...
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What is the genus of this fungus?

I'm struggling to identify this fungus. Is it Aspergillus sp. or Penicillium sp.?
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What distinguishes a colony from multicellular organism?

I would like to inquire what made biologists conclude that colonies such as the famous Volvox is an organism constituted by independent cells as opposed to a multicellular being. I read that it has ...
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Extremophile hunting and identifying unknown microbes

I'm going extremophile hunting! We're doing a trek by boat between some islands with semi-active volcanic terrain to try to document some interesting species, and running into a problem I've never ...
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Can placing a culture plate upright introduce contaminants from the lid?

Discussion I have developed a habit of keeping culture plates always inverted, especially those of non-selective media. This precaution is followed after the poured plate is placed inverted in the ...
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Does sunlight interfere with the efficiency of compound light microscope?

I have access to an olympus bx41 microscope. The table on which sits the microscope is in front of a large window and unfortunately no curtains are available. I'm starting to relate that whenever the ...
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Why did a resazurin broth bottle turn pink immediately after being inoculated?

I have lawn cultures of aerobic bacteria kept at (2-8 °C), which I am trying to revive since they were kept longer than recommended. First, I tried to incubate a broth culture inoculated with a ...
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What is the optimal pO2 concentration for automated reactor batch mode EColi expression?

I am wondering what is the optimal pO2 level for an reactor based expression? All protocols I have found indicate for E.Coli pO2 levels just bigger 20%. So, I am wondering what is the optimal level? ...
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Can Gravity convection incubators negatively affect the growth of strict aerobic bacteria?

Background Gravity incubators rely on natural convection for heat distribution. There is no fan or blower system, and the heat rises from the heating element at the bottom of the incubator. https://...
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Can a gene transfer from a plasmid to a bacterial chromosome?

Plasmids are involved in providing resistance to antibiotics. So, can that gene or any other gene transfer from the plasmid to the bacterial chromosome? Is there any chance where antibiotic resistance ...
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Storing bacteria in a dry, room temperature long-term storage whilst maintaining viability

I'm quite new to biology, but I'm wondering if there are any methods of storing bacteria in long-term, dry conditions with no climate control. Perhaps they could be dormant in a powder or granule-like ...
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Storage of bacteria in MgCl2 at 4 degrees

I have a small question to which I am unable to find a proper answer. Will bacteria in a MgCl2 buffer (or similar solution) at +4 degrees Celsius survive storage for 1-2 days? Or will they die? What ...
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How can one store non-sterile culture media in dissolved form in the refrigerator?

How do I store non-sterile culture media in dissolved form in the fridge in a clean but non-sterile container? The powder of the media (Broth, Nutrient agar, MAC, or MH agar) will be put in a glass ...
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How do i create sustainable readily available stock cultures to act as Gram stain controls?

My investigation on the matter Ref #1 Staining known Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms on either side of your unknown organism act as positive controls for your technique. (Microbiology ...
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Can a non-pure culture be used for reliable rapid phenotypic diagnostic tests?

Can a non-pure culture be used for reliable rapid phenotypic diagnostic tests (e.g. catalase, oxidase & gram stain)? "Slide Test Method Obtain a pure culture of the organism to be tested. ...
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Why are my bacterial smears disappearing?

I'm trying to inspect simple stained bacterial smears. But my smear suddenly disappears after a successful inspection with the oil immersion lenses. The background can become too red (the color of the ...
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How do microbiologists decide whether two morphotypes on the same plate belong to the same strain?

Background Colony: A colony, in microbiology, is a visible cluster or mass of microorganisms (such as bacteria or fungi) that has grown and multiplied on a solid agar medium. Each colony represents a ...
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Risk with cultures taken from stagnating water?

Necessary foreword: I'm an amateur and just starting with microscopy and microbiology. Wanting to observe some protozoa, I collected samples of dirt and water from some pools here in the city and ...
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Which species of iron-reducing bacteria are hyper-sensitive to copper?

I would like to know which species of iron-reducing bacteria are inhibited in their iron metabolism by a copper concentration of less than 500 nano moles per litre. Searching the internet, I can only ...
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Is there a reliable method to determine if heat fixation was inadequate before proceeding with further staining steps?

Background Heat Fixation: Heat fixation is a technique used in bacteriology and other biological sciences to affix bacterial cells or other microorganisms to a microscope slide. This is achieved by ...
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Prevention of disease spreading in animal kingdom

It's my first question on here, so I'm not sure If my question fits the theme. Please refer me to the appropriate one, If I have made a mistake. So a question that I wanted to ask has to do with ...
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Can I reuse agar in Petri dishes?

Can I simply re-melt agar in a contaminated Petri dish to use it again? I've tried searching for the answer on the Internet, but I was only able to find information about reusing Petri dishes ...
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What is the approx. diameter of a completely "folded up" human DNA molecule, in inches?

The human DNA molecule would be about 6ft if stretched out to a straight line. I'm curious what the diameter of the DNA molecule normally is when it is "all scrunched up" or "bundled&...
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Concentrating cell concentration after subsampling

I need some help with regards to a concentration correction. I am measuring how many cells detach from a rock vs sonication time. Becuase I start from a rock, I cannot make aliquots and measure ...
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Can single-Use Gloves carry bacteria on their outer surface?

In bacteriology, can I touch items (e.g. oxidase discs) with my gloves not fearing to contaminate these items? Are these gloves (e.g. Disposable nitrile gloves) made so that bacteria can't adhere to ...
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DnaA binding energy to E coli genome

I have been told that DnaA binds strongly to DnaA boxes on the E coli genome, but binds weakly to 8 out of 11 sites near ori. I want to know more quantitatively what strongly and weekly mean. Are ...
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Minimum growing conditions of a given plant

Micro-algae are organisms that can grow in aquatic environments and use light and carbon dioxide (CO2) to create biomass. Researches showed that Micro-algae biomass can be used as bio-fertilizer. My ...
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Unidentified Fish-like Microorganism from pond water

I was looking at my friends pond water and saw several Daphnia. As I was searching, I noticed a Pliomate Rotifer and some other unidentified Microorganism. It looked almost like a micro fish, with a ...
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Are bacteria repelled by self-lysis products?

Intuitively, it seems like treating your own lysis products as chemorepellants would make sense, since getting away from a place where your kind are dying would be a Good Idea, but I can't find any ...
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