Microbe Art

You might remember learning about petri dishes when you were in school. Biologists use them to culture different cells and bacteria so that they can observe how they grow. Recently, microbiologists were asked to create a stunning work of art using microbes and petri dishes. The American Society of Microbiologists hosts this international competition every year, and the winning submissions are absolutely beautiful. The unpredictable nature of growing bacteria gives the art a living quality that traditional materials can't truly capture. This marriage of art and science is a delight to look at, and we can't wait to see what new works are created next year.

Starry Night by Van Gogh (Proteus mirabilis, Acinetobacter baumanii, Enterococcus faecalis, Klebsiella pneumonia)

Flowering Sunshine (Shigella, Salmonella)

First Place Winner: Neurons by Mehmet Berkman & Maria Pernil (Nesterenkonia, Deinociccus, Sphingomonas)

The Great Wave of Candida by Cristina Marcos (Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Candida parapsilosis)


The Streptomyces Sky (Streptomyces coelicolor)

Winner of the People's Choice Award: Cell to Cell by Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Pernil (Nesterenkonia, Deinociccus, Sphingomonas)

Third Place Winner: Harvest Season by Maria Eugenia Inda (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

Mushrooms (Nesterenkonia, Deinociccus, Sphingomonas)

Yeast Go Viral (S. cerevisiae, L-A virus)


Cells (Nesterenkonia, Deinociccus, Sphingomonas)

Second Place Winner: NYC Biome Map by Christine Marizzi (Escherichia coli K12)

Jellyfish by Maria Penil (Nesterenkonia, Deinociccus, Sphingomonas, Bacillus)

An Eight-Year-Old Boy's Handprint by Tasha Sturm

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