Streptomyces:the small Gods of soil



The bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor is an antibiotic producing soil bacteria. Grown in the lab on microbiological agar it produces a number of dark coloured pigments. It also smells divine, earthy, and reminiscent of a woodland leaf kicking walk in Autumn. Here the bacterium has been incubated for so long,  that the secondary metabolites now blacken the once clear agar, allowing it to, autogenically,  generate its  own black and white aesthetic.



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