Colourful bacteria film

On September 14, 2007, Reinhard Nitze saw intensely iridescent colours in some puddles on a lane near Barsinghausen/Egestorf (Lower Saxony, Germany). These were probably caused by bacteria of putrefaction coming from decomposing grains of wheat in the water, just as the colours showed up only in those puddles containing larger amounts of grains. The grains originated from the fields along the lane and had probably fallen from a trailer when the harvest was brought in.As some of the grains were already covered with green algae, they must have been lying in the water for some time already. Also remarkable was the rusty colour of those puddles which had already fallen dry.

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Posted on May 15, 2011, in observations, pollen and algae phenomena and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. vo said…

    I sometimes think that the bacterial world or the quantum world looks so similar to the things one see on the universe, for my its all the same on a different scale.

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