Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A sampler of bacterial anatomy

Prokaryotic cells exhibit an astonishing panoply of sizes and shapes, their forms adapted to life in varied environments. Scale: 1 cm = 0.5 um.Top row: Spirochaeta halophila, Ancylobacter flavus. Second row: Nocardia opaca, Escherichia coli, Methanogenium cariaci. Third row: Prosthecobacter fusiformis, Stella sp., Caulobacter sp. Fourth row: Planctomyces sp, ratoon stunt-associated bacteria. Fifth row: Bifidobacterium bifidum, Borrelia burgdorferi, Clostridium cocleatum. Sixth row: Aquaspirillum autotrophicum, Alphaproteobacteria. Bottom row: Micrococcus sp, Bifidobacterium sp.

Adapted from Kevin D. Young, 2006. The selective value of bacterial shape. Microbiol. Molec. Biol. Rev. 70:660-703.

This was also made for The Dazzle.

EDIT: Now available online via Magic Pony.

Plush Mollusk Anatomy

Above, a bivalve, and below, a scaphopod and chiton. These will be exhibited in Toronto next month at The Dazzle!