Canadian Flag Drawn Using Serratia marcescens

Canadian flag drawn using the same bacteria that causes pink staining on your shower

Oh Canada! Our Home and Native Land! For Canada Day, our microbiologists decided to perform a little bit of science art. Can you tell what this is? Yes – It’s the maple leaf and the Canada flag using bacteria grown on agar plates. Even bacteria can show national pride! As a little background information on this bacteria, it the very same organism that can wreak havoc in your bathroom by causing an unsightly pink hue on your vinyl shower curtain liner!