How to grow


Bacterial and fungal colonies grow in all shapes and colors on a breeding ground. We show you such breeding grounds in form of so-called agar plates. Breeding grounds are nutrient-solutions solidified with agar-agar.

Picture: Bacillus cereus grows streaky on an agar plate. Bacillus cereus thrives in our intestines and in soil and is a harmless commensal (cohabitant). But the close relative Bacillus athrazis is a tough one. It is the pathogenic agent of the dangerous anthrax.

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Maintenance Laboratory

Maintaining the live-collection of microorganisms is only possible with a connected lab where basic microbiological work can be done. In addition to its main function, the lab should also allow the visitor an insight into the background of microbiological and molecular biological work.