DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Acinetobacter sp., gram negative, coccobacillus prokaryote that causes various nosocomial infections, including, skin and wound infections, pneumonia, meningitis, septicaemia, urinary tract infection and endocarditis. It is commonly found in soil, water, sewage, animals, and the normal skin and gastrointestinal tract of patients and health care workers. It can be highly resistant to penicillin and chloramphenicol. Species found in soil can colonize root nodule systems and oxidize the hydrogen produced by nitrogen fixing bacteria. Magnification: x1,400 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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