Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sniffing Agar

"Is this pseudomonas aeruginosa?" I asked, looking at an agar dish colored blue-green with bacterial colonies during micro lab.

The bacteria supposedly release a "fruity" odor.

Okay, I took a HUGE sniff of the bacteria, probably inhaling some into my nasal cavity.

Nope, just smells like bacteria.

I tried smelling a different agar dish growing pseudomonas.

Yep, smells like grapes if you take a whiff. Don't hold the plate up and inhale deeply.

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