Sciencemadness Discussion Board

Wild Bacteria

BrainAmoeba - 13-7-2020 at 14:32

Some bacteria species are specific to some locations. I was thinking if there is a way to find out what species of bacteria can be isolated (from soil, water, etc.) in my area.

Do you know any website which would make it possible?
What are sources that may be helpful in the process of gaining this knowledge?

Mr. Rik - 5-5-2021 at 15:52

I think that the bacterial world is so incredibly diverse and hard to properly ID that its unlikely to have an easy source of such data. I would suggest knocking doors on the microbiology departments of the colleges near you, maybe its a longshot but its one of your best bets.

You can also learn some basic microbiology and prepare different plates for cultures and work on your asceptic technique. You can narrow down the list of bacterial candidates, if you have the time and money for the equipment it should make a rather interesting hobby in my opinion. You could then jump to more elavorate things like discovering new antibiotics or bacterias.

[Edited on 5-5-2021 by Mr. Rik]

manomanom - 9-5-2021 at 12:37

i could have sworn this website had a community project for researching soil microbes,
mainly to look for new antibiotics, but i must have dreamed that, because i can't find it.

manomanom - 10-5-2021 at 19:07

well i don;t see an edit button anywhere; but i found that thread i was thinking about...

BrainAmoeba - 23-10-2021 at 19:47


Thank you for your responses. Discovering new antibiotics sounds interesting.
I will have to try it out soon.

Thank you.

Sulaiman - 24-10-2021 at 05:50

Quote: Originally posted by BrainAmoeba  
... what species of bacteria can be isolated (from soil, water, etc.) in my area.

I think that identifying bacteria requires an excellent optical microscope, or an electron microscope.
Also, not all bacteria are harmless.

I'm sure that it could be a very interesting hobby,
if you can afford it, but frustrating if you can't.

Tsjerk - 24-10-2021 at 06:39

Isolating and identifying bacteria is mostly done by using selective media to grow them on. Identification of what grows on common selective plates can be done by looking at the morphology of the colonies by eye in 90% of the cases.

I'm on holidays now, but I can could make a short list of media you could try with different sources like soil or water.