October 21, 2015
A number of microbiologists put their art skills to the test recently as part of the American Society for Microbiology's first Agar Art contest.
The contest invited microbiologists to "create a piece of art using microbes as the paint and agar as the canvas." Agar is a gelatinous material derived from algae.
One microbiologist created a bacterial version of Vincent Van Gogh's iconic "Starry Night" using combinations of different bacteria across five petri dishes.
Submissions were analyzed for their creativity, design and presentation, as well as on the written description's scientific accuracy and appropriateness for a general audience.
Check out the winners below.
View all of the submissions here.