Colony of Streptomyces sp. bacteria

Colony of Streptomyces sp. bacteria

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macro-photograph of a colony of the soil bacterium Streptomyces viridichromogene. Streptomyces species are natural producers of a number of antibiotics, including streptomycin. A member of the Actinomycetes group, they share many characteristics with the fungi. The bacteria grow in the soil as a branching network of filaments, known as a mycelium (yellow). They also produce aerial mycelium, from the tips of which develop chains of spores (white & grey). When the spores are mature, they rupture and are dispersed on the wind.

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Keywords: antibiotic, bacteria, bacterial, bacteriology, bacterium, macrophotograph, micro-organisms, microbe, microbes, microbiology, soil, soil bacteria, source, strepto, streptomyces, streptomyces viridichromogene, streptomycin

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