Happy Christmas From C-MOULD: BioDomes

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 antibiotics,  gold and electrically conductive nanowires, and bacteria that produce biotextiles. We also possess the largest collection of pigmented bacteria.

To celebrate Christmas we have made a small collection of unique and living Christmas tree decorations.  Called BioDomes, each one contains a unique microbiological gift.

Health: Penicillium chrysogenum was isolated from a cantaloupe bought  from a grocery store in Peoria, Illinois. It produces several hundred times  more penicillin than Alexander Fleming's original cultures of Penicillium. This stain formed the basis of the processes needed to mass-produce penicillin in quantities great enough for distribution and mass use.

Health: Penicillium chrysogenum was isolated from a cantaloupe bought from a grocery store in Peoria, Illinois. It produces several hundred times more penicillin than Alexander Fleming’s original cultures of Penicillium. This stain formed the basis of the processes needed to mass-produce penicillin in quantities great enough for distribution and mass use.

Intelligence:The slime mould Physarum polycephalum can solve mazes and plot the shortest routes between points in its search for food,  and  has a memory.

Intelligence:The slime mould Physarum polycephalum can solve mazes and plot the shortest routes between points in its search for food, and has a memory.

Blood: many bacteria possess haemoglobin and thus the origin of our own blood

Blood: many bacteria possess haemoglobin and thus the origin of our own blood

 Fashion Futures: like many bacteria Gluconoacetobacter xylinus produces potentionally useful polymers. This bacterium produces cellulose nanofibres which may form the basis of novel textiles and biocompatible replacement body parts.

Fashion Futures: like many bacteria Gluconoacetobacter xylinus produces potentionally useful polymers. This particular bacterium produces cellulose nanofibres which may form the basis of novel textiles and biocompatible replacement body parts.

Life: Azotobcter vinelandii is an example of a nitrogen fixing bacterium. These organisms have the unique ability to take the gaseous nitrogen presen in our atmosphere and convert it into a form that can be used by plants and thence all complex life on Earth. We and many other living things could not exist without them

Life: Azotobcter vinelandii is an example of a nitrogen fixing bacterium. These organisms have the unique ability to take the gaseous nitrogen present in our atmosphere and convert it into a form that can be used by plants and thence by all complex life on Earth. We and many other living things could not exist without them

Health: Penicillium chrysogenum was isolated from a cantaloupe bought  from a grocery store in Peoria, Illinois. It produces several hundred times  more penicillin than Alexander Fleming's original cultures of Penicillium. This stain formed the basis of the processes needed to mass-produce penicillin in quantities great enough for distribution and mass use.

Health: Penicillium chrysogenum was isolated from a cantaloupe bought from a grocery store in Peoria, Illinois. It produces several hundred times more penicillin than Alexander Fleming’s original cultures of Penicillium. This stain formed the basis of the processes needed to mass-produce penicillin in quantities great enough for distribution and mass use.

Blood: many bacteria possess haemoglobin and thus the origin of our own blood

Blood: many bacteria possess haemoglobin and thus the origin of our own blood

Intelligence:The slime mould Physarum polycephalum can solve mazes and plot the shortest routes between points in its search for food,  and  has a memory.

Intelligence:The slime mould Physarum polycephalum can solve mazes and plot the shortest routes between points in its search for food, and has a memory.

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