ID#: 11104
Magnified 5356X, this digitally colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image shows a group of Legionella pneumophila bacteria; some seemed to display flagella emanating from their cell walls, and some exhibited an elongated-rod morphology, which L. pneumophila are known to most frequently exhibit when grown in broth. They can also elongate when plate-grown cells age, and especially when they’ve been refrigerated, as in this case. Usually, L. pneumophila are stout, fat bacilli, which was the morphology displayed by the vast majority of these organisms. These bacteria originated on a 1 week-old culture plate (+/- 1 day), forming a single colony, at 37oC, on a buffered charcoal yeast extract (BCYE) medium with no antibiotics. The original sample was acid-treated for 15 min, to minimize fungal impurities, which would have inhibited the visualization of these organisms.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Margaret Williams, PhD; Claressa Lucas, PhD;Tatiana Travis, BS
Creation Date: 2009
Photo Credit: Janice Haney Carr
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