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This site brings together many links on bacteria, bacteriology, and related topics available on the web. It also provides crystal-clear information about many aspects of bacteria. If you're unfamiliar with the subject, here's a start:

Bacteria are living things that are neither plants nor animals, but belong to a group all by themselves. They are very small-individually not more than one single cellhowever there are normally millions of them together, for they can multiply really fast. We provide many links to pictures, video's, and explanatory text. By browsing through our links you are presented with a synopsis of the diverse world of bacteria, you can learn that not all bacteria are harmful, how they are used in industry, that they belong to the oldest living creatures on Earth, and much more.

Choose from the three main menues at the top the Main exhibits, to find general information on bacteria, the Bacterial species files, to find lists of links about specific bacteria, or the Special feature files, for some fun reading.

BREAKING NEWS: Trudy Wassenaar, the curator of this museum, has published a book about - what else? - bacteria, describing them in all their microscopic grandeur. Bacteria, the Benign, the Bad and the Beautiful. Order here.

This site was produced with financial support from the

Foundation for Bacteriology (Prof. M.J. Blaser, president)


Waksman Foundation for Microbiology

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Book recommendation

Wassenaar BacteriaBacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar

Publisher's info


Missing Microbes: how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues - by Dr. Martin J. BlaserMissing Microbes: how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues

Dr. Martin J. Blaser

Publisher's info


Press release: An unusual job, by T.M. WassenaarPress release: An unusual job

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar

Publisher's info

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