Curtobacterium pusillum

Curtobacterium pusillum

Where we found it: On the outside of Aggie Stadium, UC Davis, CA

Why it's awesome: Several other members of this genus are plant pathogens but this one was isolated hundreds of meters under the surface in an oil brine

Fun fact: This microbe is often sold as a microbiology “standard” for testing new media and assays

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 44 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 27 hrs

Growth density: 69%

Description: Gram-positive, aerobic, motile, irregular rods

Originally isolated from: A deep oil brine in Japan (1965)