A Living Contagions Billboard

With a hat-tip to Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba, I can’t resist sharing this living microbial billboard made for the movie Contagion.

How cool is that? I love colony morphology. The distinctive colony morphologies of some bacterial and fungal species really makes you think about their interactions and is just plain cool. Most of the color change that occurs as it matures is from the fungi (mold) going through its life-cycle and eventually producing black spores. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that billboard if you have mold allergies! I think I would want a full hazard suit to take this billboard down and properly dispose of it. Someone had one big stinky autoclave.


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