Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Golden bacterium - Micrococcus luteus

Organism: Micrococcus luteus, media: blood agar, colony: golden color. Micrococcus luteus is a Gram-positive, to Gram-variable, nonmotile, Coccus, saprotrophic bacterium that belongs to the family Micrococcaceae. M. luteus can produce a special pigment that is capable of absorbing wavelengths from 350 to 475 nano-meters. Therefore, the bacterium has been termed "super-sunscreen".

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Source: Microbeworld
Image credits: Md Zohorul Islam, Statens Serum Institute, University of Copenhagen, and Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

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