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Mar 01, 2010 (Vol. 30, No. 5)

Online Photo Atlas

URL:www.microbiologyatlas.kvl.dk/englishdefault.htm
  • Provides practical photos of plated bacteria/fungi
  • Limited photo collection, lacking in background information

Online photo atlas of what, you say? Good question, my friend. Despite the lack of a very informational title, this website does offer some interesting microbiology images (with a focus of veterinary microbiology). What is unique about the images on this site is that the photos depict various bacterial and fungal colonies on plates, thereby providing visitors with a “laboratory-practical” glimpse of a variety of microbiological specimens. There is also an informational section entitled “phenotyping tests” that provides photos of positive and negative outcomes for a number of tests. There isn’t too much background information provided, but there is enough to know what the purpose of the test is (and, of course, the photos illustrate what one can expect to see in the laboratory). This site could use some meat on its bones, but it is certainly worth a visit if you are microbiology-inclined.

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