More Animalcules

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More characters from beneath the microscope

So In A Single Drop of Water

‘So in a single drop of water the microscope discovers, what motions, what tumult, what wars, what pursuits, what stratagems, what a circle-dance of Death & Life, Death hunting Life & Life renewed and invigorated by Death … a many meaning cypher.’ – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Optimizing Bioluminescence: Photobacterium phosphoreum HB

P. phosphoreum HB (on the left hand side) compared with tow other strains . It's much brighter that the other strains.

P. phosphoreum HB (on the left hand side) compared with two other strains . It’s much brighter than the other strains.

P. phosphoreum HB on the left hand side. It's much brighter that the other strain and illuminates the environment around it

P. phosphoreum HB on the left hand side. It’s much brighter that the other strain and illuminates the environment around it

Through a long  program of mutation and selection,  C-MOULD has developed an especially bright strain of the bioluminescent bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum. Here it has been tested against other available strains of this bacterium. Its designation is P. phosphoreum HB (hyper bright).

Animalcules: Whales

In the context of their relative scale, these two animalcules are like whales, dwarfing the other infusoria and bacteria around them. They move with a similar grace and elegance, but for them their journeys cover fractions of a centimetre and not hundreds of kilometres.

So In A Single Drop Of Water

‘So in a single drop of water the microscope discovers, what motions, what tumult, what wars, what pursuits, what stratagems, what a circle-dance of Death & Life, Death hunting Life & Life renewed and invigorated by Death … a many meaning cypher.’ – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

BioChromes

C-MOULD has developed a unique  palette of living colours, in terms of its extensive collection of naturally pigmented bacteria, and expertise in handling these. The full palette, however,  contains bacteria that are pathogenic and also some that are difficult to culture,  and thus its use is restricted to laboratory use.

BioChromes, is collection of living pigments (orange, pink, red/pink, white, yellow and blue) that has been specially selected for ease of  growth, reliability of pigment production, and safety, and thus to have applications beyond the laboratory.

C-MOULD's full palette of pigmented bacteria.

C-MOULD’s full palette of pigmented bacteria.

BioChromes, a collection of reliable and safe pigmented bacteria.

BioChromes, a collection of reliable and safe pigmented bacteria. The “paints” look and behave like acrylic paints, but each one is teaming with billions of living bacterial cells

 

 

 

Helion: a next generation BioTextile?

Helion is a unique and sustainable BioTextile in development a C-MOULD. Its basis is the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria animalis, and because of the photosynthetic capacity of this organism, Helion can be produced from little more than air and sunlight. Moreover, the individual filaments of the bacterium, which equate to the fibres in the textile, have a unique oscillatory motility (than can be seen in the videos) meaning that the textile weaves itself into a mat as it grows.

Helion in production

Helion in production

Helion in production

Helion in production

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion being grown on a flat glass surface

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification

Helion fibres, 200x magnification