Making your Christmas tree microbiological!
If you haven’t got your Christmas tree up and trimmed already, why not make it microbiological?! A couple of weeks ago I came across this post on Exploring The Invisible (if you haven’t checked out this blog already, do so!), where Dr. Simon Park had adorned his tree with the bioluminescent bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum, simply by streaking the organism onto agar. Mark Martin also used a Photobacterium to light up his tree; you can watch his video on YouTube.
And this isn’t the only microbiologically themed tree decoration you can use- Michele Banks, otherwise known as Artologica, has made some fantastic petri dish ornaments, each one hand painted and coated in resin.
To complete the look you can add some furry microbes to your tree; GIANTmicrobes has box sets available with miniature versions of their cuddly bugs, each one adorned with antlers, santa hats and mistletoe.
If you have any other microbiologically themed tree trimmings, please do get in touch!
Have a very merry microbial Christmas!