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Image #   211510B
Name:   Spinach infected with E. coli
Copyright:   Copyright 2012 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Escherichia coli bacteria localized near a stoma from the common spinach leaf (Spinacia oleracea). Escherichia coli (also called E. coli) is a Gram-negative, enteric, facultatively anaerobic, rod prokaryote (bacterium). Toxic E. coli strains, such as the E. coli 0157:H7 strain, are a health hazard and cause severe food poisoning and sometimes death. E. coli may grow on vegetables if the water used for irrigation is contaminated with animal fecal material. Even though washing is recommended, this electron micrograph shows that the E. coli bacteria are present in higher concentrations around stomata (openings for respiration in leaves) and can enter the leaves through the stomata. Once inside the leaf bacteria would be hard to remove by washing. Similar bacterial contamination has been found in lettuce and green onions. In September 2006 an outbreak of E. coli (0157:H7) from spinach occurred in 21 U. S. states.
Magnification*: x800
Type: SEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   211510B plants botany spinach leaf stomate stomata bacteria E. coli SEM bacilli bacillus bacterial pathogen bacterium dividing division EHEC strain enteric bacterial pathogen enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli facultatively anaerobic Gram negative Gram-negative hemorrhagic human disease infection intestinal tract infection prokaryote rod zoonoses zoonotic microorganism 0157:H7 0157 intestine infection intestine infections intestinal bacteria intestinal bacterium intestine bacteria intestine bacterium bacteria in spinach bacteria in vegetable bacteria in vegetables hemolytic uremic syndrome toxic bacteria toxic bacterium bacteria on spinach contaminated spinach contaminated vegetable contaminated vegetables spinach leaf stoma stomates fecal contamination feces vegetable vegetables toxic microbe toxic microbes food poisoning anaerobe anaerobic Spinacia Spinacia oleracea common spinach bacterial diarrhea diarrhea food poison rod shaped rod shaped bacteria rod shaped bacterium rod-shaped rod-shaped bacteria rod-shaped bacterium E. coli infected E. coli infected spinach 06.01.12

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