Bifidobacterium sp. - Probiotic, rod prokaryote (bacterium)
Copyright 2006 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Caption: Bifidobacterium sp. - Gram-positive, anaerobic, rod prokaryote. Bifidobacterium spp. are a large group of probiotic bacteria that are present in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract, mouth and vagina. They are responsible for suppressing pathogenic microorganisms and are rarely pathogenic. Infections due to some species of Bifidobacterium include obstetric and gynecological sepsis, peritonitis, pulmonary infections, urinary tract infections, bacteremia and endocarditis. Bifidobacterium spp. are used as a form of probiotic that is thought to have health promoting properties for humans. Probiotic bacteria favorably alter the intestine microflora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. Magnification*: x3,000 Type: SEM
*(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)