Where can I find the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa in my home or environment?

Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2017 03:45 pm
I have to isolate the bacteria for a school lab project. I obtained river water and soil next to the river, then streaked both on an agar plate but no P.aeruginosa growth was seen. Research I've done says it grows on wounds and in hospitals, but those are not at my disposal. My professor said I may find some on rotten vegetables. Is this true? Any lab techs, former micro students, or micro savvy people have any suggestions of where I can easily find it? TIA! (:
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Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2017 04:33 pm
I have a degree in Bacti, but that was from the early sixties. What I think I remember about Pseudomonas is that it's stinky. Your professor is probably right, but maybe it is not on all rotting vegies.

Don't trust me, as I've a very poor sense of smell, diagnosed once with anosmia.

I gather you can't get to a medical library... or can you. There are probably useful books and articles about Pseudomonas online, so keep looking.
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Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2017 04:47 pm
It was bacterium singular, bacteria plural when I was at school. Has that changed?

Reply Thu 9 Nov, 2017 05:33 pm
You are right, but I was thinking of plated Pseudomonas, where there would be more than one colony. Er, was colony the right word? It's been a long time. I changed fields back in 1980, to landscape architecture. Most of my time in the medical labs was spent on immunology, and I didn't really miss bacti then.

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Reply Tue 24 Apr, 2018 06:11 am
Pseudomonas infections are diseases caused by a bacterium from the genus Pseudomonas. The bacteria are found widely in the environment, such as in soil, water, and plants. They usually do not cause infections in healthy people. If an infection does occur in a healthy person, it is generally mild.
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