DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Candida albicans - yeast stage. C. albicans is a yeast-like fungus commonly occurring on human skin, in the upper respiratory, alimentary and female genital tracts. This fungus has a dimorphic life cycle with a yeast and hyphae (pseudohyphae) stages. The yeast produces hyphae (strands) from which pseudohyphae branch. The pseudohyphae can give rise to yeast cells by apical or lateral budding. Candida albicans candidiasis which includes thrush (an infection of the mouth and vagina) and vulvo-vaginitis. Magnification: x1,600 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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