Microbe Lactobacilius

Microbes in the Museum

Microbes typically refer to single-celled organisms which represent a broad range of biological groups. However, most of these groups also have multicellular species, forms of life stages. They are so small that there are more of them on your hand than there are people on the entire planet. Microbes are in the air, on the ground and on the food we eat.

Our microbe exhibit, located on the sixth floor of the museum, features a living fungal art wall, touchable 3D models, specimens from our collections, and information about microbes and the human body.

Explore microbial life at home with online items from one of our mobile museum programs: Microbes on the Move.

You can also explore fungi at Microbes At Home.

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Yogurt and berries

In the Kitchen with Microbes

Many of the foods we eat are full of microbes. Everything from yogurt to fermented teas to miso soup. Some foods that are full of good bacteria are known as probiotics. Probiotics keep the gastrointestinal system healthy. Explore a few of the foods that are full of bacteria that’s good for you.

Farming the Microbiome

Being health conscious by washing hands often is a good practice, but sometimes we look at bacteria from an extreme perspective. There is no need to rid your environment of bacteria; in fact, bacteria are a part of being healthy. Dr. Stephanopoulos-Chichura, of the KU Department of Integrative Medicine explains that there are such things as good bacteria, and that we can “farm” our own gut bacteria.