Who doesn't love a rainbow of colour?
And who doesn't love a rainbow of different coloured bacteria?
I simply love this blog-post and colourful microbiome-related project by microbiologist Anne A. Madden Ph.D.
The Microbe Crayon Project reveals and celebrates the colours of the microbial world by giving a microbiome-make-over to a set of brightly coloured crayons.
"The microbes around us naturally produce a rainbow of colors. To display this with some whimsy, I gave a set of 48 Crayola(R) brand crayons a make-over, relabeling them with the microbes that create this biological palette.
Below are the 48 microbes, including the fungi, bacteria, and archaea with a bit of information on how we interact with them, and links to their natural colors. This is just a glimpse into the microbes that make our world colorful."
On the blog-post, you can see all the different crayons with their adapted microbe names, plus the microbes and their natural pigments, and you can explore each crayon microbes in more detail.
It's a brilliant way to use the power of colour to spread awareness about the microbial world. I love it!
What do you think?
Link to blog-post: Microbe Crayon Project – Anne A. Madden, Ph.D (wordpress.com)
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