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Pictures of the Department Microorganisms

Fruiting Body of Corallococcus coralloides

Thousands of bacterial cells gather at one site and build up fruiting bodies of highly complex structures. The fruiting bodies are smaller than 1 millimeter and enclose special cells (myxospores) which survive dryness or other extreme conditions.

©GBF, Reichenbach

Chondromyces apiculatus


Myxobacterium called Chondromyces apiculatus, isolated by H. Reichenbach. Thousands of bacterial cells gather at one site and build up fruiting bodies of highly complex structures. The fruiting bodies are smaller than 1 millimeter and enclose special cells (myxospores) which survive dryness or other extreme conditions.

©DSMZ, Lang

Malikia granosa

Fluorescent micrograph of Malikia granosa DSM 15619T accumulating polyhydroxyalkanoates. Heat-fixed smears of cells were stained with Nile Blue and thereafter viewed by an epifluorescence microscope.

©DSMZ, Spring

Hyphomicrobium zavarzinii

Electron micrograph of Hyphomicrobium zavarzinii, DSM 1566.
Isolated by G.A. Zavarzin, this picture shows the cell shape typical for this group of organisms: larger (mother) cells and smaller (buds) cells joined by a filament - hyphae.

©DSMZ / GBF, Rohde

Natronococcus occultus

Electron micrograph of Natronococcus occultus, DSM 3396. This extremely halophilic and alkaliphilic spherical shaped organism was isolated by H.N.M.Ross from Lake Magadi, Kenya.

©DSMZ / GBF, Rohde

Asticcacaulis biprosthecum


Electron micrograph of Asticcacaulis biprosthecum, DSM 4723. Isolated from a freshwater aquarium by J.L.Pate, this organism produces two extensions (prosthecae) from the sides of the cells when nutrients are low.

©DSMZ / GBF, Rohde

Natronobacterium gregoryi

Electron micrograph of Natronobacterium gregoryi, DSM 3393. This extremely halophilic and alkaliphilic rod shaped organism was isolated by B.J.Tindall (DSMZ) from Lake Magadi, Kenya.

©DSMZ / GBF, Rohde