What do Winclove's bacteria look like?
Winclove's laboratory team has taken some nice photos of the bacteria in our probiotic formulations!
The microscopic images below are captured with a 1000x magnification. Although bacteria can do the greatest things, their appearance under a microscope is far less exciting. Most lactobacilli have the shape of the letter ‘I', of which the length can vary. Bifidobacteria should have the shape of the letter Y, but it is almost impossible to catch them in Y position. Usually they look like malformed I’s. Streptococci can be distinguished by an oval to round shape. Below you can see some of the pictures the laboratory team has made. In case gram colouring has been applied, a technique which is used to identify Gram positive or negative bacteria, the bacteria have a pink – purple colour.
The bacteria of Ecologic® 825
In this microscopic picture (1000x magnification) you can see all bacteria present in Ecologic® 825: the characteristic long rods are Lactobacillus paracasei. The smaller and somewhat fatter rods are Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis. The remaining rods are all lactobacilli from the species L. casei, L. acidophilus, L. salivarius and L. plantarum. The cocci are Lactococcus lactis.
Left: Bifidobacterium bifidum
Middle: Bifidobacterium lactis
Right: Lactococcus lactis
On the left the edge of a colony of L. paracasei bacteria. A colony consists of around a million L. paracasei strains. On the right single L. paracasei strains.
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