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Trichosporon cutaneum

Trichosporon cutaneum. A yeast fungus with septate hyphae and pseudohyphae. Magnification 500, scanning electron microscopy. Trichosporon spp. is a yeast isolated from soil, water, vegetables, mammals, and birds. It is also a part of the normal flora of mouth, skin and nails and is the causative agent of white piedra, superficial infections and invasive trichosporonosis in humans. Trichosporon cutaneum has been often synonymous and classified as Trichosporon beigelii. Courtesy of Dennis Kunkel.

Biofilm stainless steel surface

Biofilm on a stainless steel surface. Magnification 1600, scanning electron microscopy. Biofilms are primarily accumulations of bacteria in aqueous environments. They form when bacteria secrete slimy, mucilaginous materials that provide the microorganisms with a means of attachment to moist surfaces. Biofilm microorganisms often prefer the phase boundaries in moist environments. Biofilms can form on many different kinds of materials such as inorganic soil particles, animal and plant surfaces, plastics, metals, medical devices, etc. Biofilms can be created by a single bacterial species but often contain many species of bacteria along with fungi, protozoa, algae, and organic / inorganic debris. Biofilm microorganisms carry out a variety of detrimental or beneficial reactions under certain environmental conditions. Courtesy of Dennis Kunkel.

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