IMAGES: Microbes in Bloom

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Science  09 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5741, pp. 1655
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5741.1655b

A briny desert lake and sediment 5000 meters below the ocean surface are just two of the unlikely places where microbes prosper. The Microbiological Garden, tended by Heribert Cypionka of the University of Oldenburg in Germany, shows off the bugs dwelling in these exotic environments and in habitats closer to home. The site features more than 20 photo essays on microbial topics. You can tag along on bug-hunting expeditions, learn how to isolate luminescent bacteria from herring, and observe the bugs that inhabit the scum on the surface of a stagnant pool. Some microbes make the gallery because of their beauty, such as the yeast spores (Emericella stellamaris) that resemble flowers.

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