‘Tis the season to be merry, and what better way to spread holiday joy than showcasing it through a petri dish? In this blog, we explore the magical and diverse world of microbiology. Beyond their often misunderstood and scary reputation, microorganisms hold an array of benefits for us, as they can be used not only for scientific advancements but also for artistic expressions – yes, even if you aren’t a skilled artist!

The Bacteria behind the photos

Our Christmas art started by selecting PCA (Plate Count Agar), Mannitol Salt Agar, and Bacillus Cereus Agar as our canvas, providing diverse growth conditions for our chosen bacterial residents.

After, we selected different strains of bacteria, such as E. coli, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and Salmonella spp to make the outline of the drawings, in a controlled environment. Next, we incubated the plates for 24 hours, for the bacteria to work their magic. The agar plates transformed into fun drawings, showcasing the festive Christmas spirit.

Details of the Christmas agar drawings

  • Santa Claus: E.coli on an PCA plate
  • Reindeer: MRSA on a Mannitol Salt Agar Plate
  • Gingerbread Man: Salmonella spp on a Bacillus Cereus Agar plate
  • Candy cane: MRSA on a Mannitol Salt Agar Plate
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E. coliMRSA Staphylococcus aureusSalmonella
Most studied organism and was instrumental in developing many biology concepts.Staphylococcus aureus commonly lives on the skin and nose and usually doesn’t cause harm. When it is resistant to the usual antibiotics used against Staph, it is called MRSA.Back in the 1880s, Salmonella spp was discovered and named Bacterium suipestifer. However, it was later renamed in honour of Dr. Daniel Salmon, the scientist who originally discovered it.
Can cause infection by producing Shiga Toxins.It is one of the leading causes of infections that occur in hospitals.Salmonella diseases are zoonotic, meaning they spread from animals to humans.
Most strains are harmless and are important for a healthy gut microbiome.Can be spread through physical contact and sharing infected objects such as towels.Infections are more frequent during the summer than the winter.

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