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.
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