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Kitchen sponge with bacteria and fungus, SEM

Kitchen sponge with bacteria and fungus, SEM

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DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Kitchen sponge microbes. Kitchen sponges can accumulate food and microbes when used for long periods of time and are not thoroughly cleaned. The moisture and food particles in a dirty sponge make it a perfect environment for microorganisms to grow (such as, bacteria and fungi). Their waste products give the sponge a distinctive smell. Features shown in this photomicrograph are: sponge surface (green); bacteria (rod-shaped, light purple and blue colours); filamentous fungi (thin and thick filaments, pink and dark purple colours); yeast fungi (round spheres, yellow colour). Magnification: x580 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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