Microbial Art: Introduction, Requirements, Making Procedure, Uses and Keynotes
Introduction of Microbial Art
Agar art or microbial art or germ art is the same thing in which artwork is created by culturing microorganisms in certain patterns. The microbes used can be bacteria, yeast fungi, or protists (less commonly). The microbes can be chosen for their natural colors. Organisms most commonly used and available are Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa , Serratia marcescens as shown above picture. Painting with bacteria isn’t entirely new because Sir Alexander Fleming, the scientist responsible for discovering penicillin in the 1920s, began making “germ paintings” of bacteria during his career as a microbiologist. Similarly, Roger Tsien (biochemist) won the 2008 Nobel prize in chemistry for his contributions to the knowledge of green fluorescent protein (GFP), and using this GFP, Nathan Shaner (researcher) made a 2006 microbial artwork of a San Diego beach scene.