The hay infusion has become a thick soup of made of bacteria. Fast moving predators feast on them.
C-MOULD, is the world’s largest collection of microorganisms for use in the arts and design, with over 50 different kinds of microorganism. We have bacteria and fungi that glow in ethereal shades of green and blue light, bacteria that make gold and electrically conductive nanowires, and bacteria that produce biotextiles. We also possess the largest collection of pigmented bacteria.
Christmas preparations are well underway and our next batch of festive BioDomes is ready for despatch. Microbial gifts to hang on the Christmas tree. None of that gold frankincense and myrrh shite but gifts with world-changing power like penicillin.
The hay infusion that I set up around a month ago is still evolving. New very fast moving microbial predators.have just appeared
I gazed from above into a woody glade of green algae and came across a big surprise. A tiny Water Bear (Hypsibius dujardini) having a microscopic picnic. 500 micrometres of improbable microbial cuteness
One of the most beautiful and elegant of the all the infusoria. In this video the Volvox is imaged, at first, using normal brightfield illumination. After a short time, a DIC module is moved into the light path, so that it is then viewed via Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy. I like the way that DIC reveals the patterns of flow generated by the Volvox
A fast moving and slender cell of Paramecium caudata is introduced into a massive “flock” of its prey, the yeast Saccharomyces cereviseae. Some thirty minutes later, the Paramecium has gorged itself to a standstill and become rather swollen in the process. As you can see it’s literally stuffed with food!