DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Lactobacillus plantarum, Gram-positive, rod prokaryote, non-spore forming, anaerobic or microaerophilic, occurs singly or in pairs. Very rarely pathogenic and is part of the normal flora in man and animals (mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract); beneficial bacteria or probiotics. It has been reported to cause endocarditis, neonatal meningitis and bacteraemia. Magnification: x2,600 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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