C-MOULD New Acquisitions: Living Carcinogens

Agrobacterium tumifaciens, Gram stain 1000x magnification, Brightfield Microscopy

Agrobacterium tumifaciens, Gram stain 1000x magnification, Brightfield Microscopy

Agrobacterium rhizogenes, Gram stain 1000x magnification, Brightfield Microscopy

Agrobacterium rhizogenes, Gram stain 1000x magnification, Brightfield Microscopy

C-MOULD, the world’s largest collection of microorganisms for use in the arts, 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.

The bacteria in the images and videos above have just been acquired by C-MOULD. Agrobacterium tumifaciens (gall-like tumours) and Agrobacterium rhizogenes (hairy root tumours) are sophisticated plant pathogens that upon infection, incorporate a small section of their own DNA into the host plant’s genome which results in the formation of  plant tumours.

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