Why Microbiology is the most interesting subject and Microbiologist cool people

Last updated on May 19th, 2017

I strongly believe that Microbiology is the most interesting subject, blended with many interesting funny small creatures which are invisible to naked eyes of humans. The world of these tiny organisms is very big, dynamic, most interesting and sometime invincible.
The colony they formed in the culture media may remind you the beautiful scenery you have visited. If you start to know these organisms, you will just fall in love with these tiny creatures and will have enduring passion to know the world of these organisms.
Microbiology is interesting subject because our founding father and mother are the cool people ever born in earth.
What ever nasty the microbial specimen: they give it very cool term. When they saw the voluminous diarrhea produced during the Vibrio cholerae infection, they termed it as “Rice watery stool” .
We Microbiologist are the lovers of foods since ancient time. Before the Microbiology term used, people used to enjoy sipping wines (som ras: the product of Microbial fermentation). As the time went on, different branches of  Microbiology evolved.
In this blog post I am writing some interesting food terminology which are used to describe microbial pathogens/ specimens.Fried chicken drumstick in isolated white background
 Drumstick shaped:  Certain species of Clostridium that bears terminal spore appear as drumstick shaped under microscope. Clostridium tetani, a gram positive obligate anaerobe which is the causative agent of tetanus, bears spores which are spherical, terminal and twice the diameter of vegetative cells. This gives drumstick appearance while viewing under microscope.
  • Coffee-bean-shaped cocci: Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the causative agent of Gonorrhoea) and  Neisseria meningitides (agent of meningitis) looks like coffee bean shaped (Two coffee bean kissing each other/ or some says like a kidney) in gram stained smear.  They are gram negative intracellular diplocci.


  • Microorganisms having shape like the fruits:   Grape like cluster

    1. Banana shape: The gametocytes of P. falciparum are cresent shaped (“banana-shaped”), whereas those of the other plasmodiae are spherical. The trophozoites (tachyzoites) of Toxoplasma gondii also has cresent shape.
    2. Grape like clusters: S. aureus is a gram positive cocci which appears as grape like clusters.
    3. Lemon shape: The ovum of Trichuris trichiura is barrel shaped (“lemon shaped“) with a mucus plug at each end. It is a nematode which causes diarrhea, if infections is  heavy, Trichuris may also cause rectal prolapse in children.
    4. Pear shape: The trophozoite of Giardia lamblia is “pear-shaped” with two nuclei, four pairs of flagella and a suction disk.
  • Meat ball like appearance of Tinea versicolorsphagetti and meat ball appearance
Sphagetti and meat ball like appearance:  Tinea versicolor is a relatively common skin infection that causes your skin to have patches of light colored skin, due to damage of melanocytes in your skin.  Malassezia furfur, a funny-sounding fungus that can be diagnosed by its “spaghetti-and-meatball” appearance on a KOH preparation.
Rice watery stool: Voluminous diarrhea produced during Vibrio Cholerae  infection
About Acharya Tankeshwar 466 Articles
Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I am Tankeshwar Acharya. Blogging is my passion. I am working as an Asst. Professor and Microbiologist at Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal. If you want me to write about any posts that you found confusing/difficult, please mention in the comments below.


  1. Hello Sir..I am Devleena.. I am a student of Microbiology .I have got more interest to read these interesting and funny facts about microbes.. Thank you so much for sharing these type of facts..I want to know more about the funny and interesting works of microbes,.which make me more enthusiastic ..

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