Need help finding bacteria that produce water soluble pigments

Graham Shepherd muhero.nospam at globalnet.co.uk
Thu Jun 28 16:33:19 EST 2001

Ethidium <imodium at iname.com> wrote in message
news:3b3afafc$1 at dnews.tpgi.com.au...
> Hi
> I'm after finding any common strains of bacteria that may produce visible
> water soluble pigments for a research project on bacterial growth/survival
> I'm after using the pigment production as an indicator of growth/survival.
> So far the only bacteria I have found is pseudomonas aeruginosa ... are
> there any others that are common?

Serratia marcescens (or whatever it's called these days) is pink; and of
course there's the golden staphylococcus. Don't know if the pigments are
water-soluble though. Alexander Fleming used to paint pictures on agar with
different coloured species of bacteria.


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