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  • July 2007: Micro*scope affiliates with the Encyclopedia of Life.
  • Cameos: 4 sets of images for screen savers available. (1) various microbes from the Microbial Life digital library; (2) marine microbes brought to you by the International Census of Marine Microbes, (3) microbes from extreme habitats brought to you by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and (4) microbial imagery from the Bay Paul Center. Instructions here.
  • May 2006: Ten thousandth image added to micro*scope!

  • is a communal web site that provides descriptive information about all kinds of microbes. It combines locally assembled content with links to other expert sites on the internet. Information is assembled in collections provided by various contributors.

    We provide special services for educational purposes. We are affiliated with the Microbial Life digital library of materials about microbial diversity, ecology and evolution. Educators and students can have their own password-protected space within micro*scope for educational projects.

    Plankton*net is a communal source of information about marine phytoplankton. It is based on micro*scope software. The inaugural nodes will include the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany), Station Biologique at Roscoff (France), University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory (Israel). For more information, contact A. Kraberg

    A bulletin board for users and contributors has been established in the marine microbes forum.

    In collaboration with the uBio project, we use taxonomic principles and expertise to manage information about organisms.

    Microbes were the only living things for most of the history of the Earth. Over 3.5 billion years ago they began the process of transforming this planet, making it habitable for those of us who came later. Bacteria and protists remain the dominant players in most known ecosystems. Their numbers are staggering - a single teaspoonful of sea water contains millions of bacteria and thousands of protists. This site has images of microbes, classification schemes, descriptions of organisms, talks and other educational resources to improve awareness of the biodiversity of our microbial partners.

    The content of this web site is freely available for educational and other non-commercial uses. Please acknowledge the contributor and this web site. Many components of this web site can be accessed and delivered in other web sites using our SOAP services.

    You can customise the appearance and use of the web site. Please register, and follow the 'my microscope' buttons.

    Our contributors often encounter organisms that they cannot identify. Some of their images are here. If you can help put names to these, please let us know.

    You can browse for content using the taxonomic structure, using names of organisms, or by different themes under collections. Use the box below or the menu bar to the left to search for content in our classification scheme, within our glossary, or throughout the web site.


    - is our communal repository of descriptions of organisms. Register with us if you wish to add to this.

    if you wish to comment, contribute or correct, click here.

    Click on the image to find out more ....

    Salpingoeca amphoridium

    This is the latest addition to the micro*scope web site. Click on the image to find out more ....

    Cyanophora paradoxa