A Scanning Electron Microscopy Study of the Colony Morphology of Thiobacillus Ferrooxidans

  • A. Goodman
  • A. M. Khalid
  • B. J. Ralph


Colony formation is an important characteristic of a bacterial species. Using Scanning Electron Microscopy, (SEM), it is possible to examine detailed structures not observable by any other microscopic method (Roth, 1971). Such structures include the following: the inter-relationships between cells in a colony; the attachment of cells to the supporting surface and their modification of that surface as the colony grows; the way in which the bacterial cells are arranged within the colony as their numbers increase during growth; and the changes occurring in colony structure because of their growth.


Sodium Metasilicate Filter Holder Thiobacillus Ferrooxidans Copper Sulphide Copper Sulphide Mineral 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Goodman
    • 1
  • A. M. Khalid
    • 1
  • B. J. Ralph
    • 1
  1. 1.School of BiotechnologyUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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