Microbacterium arborescens

Microbacterium arborescens

Where we found it: On the Viking Mars Orbiter at JPL/NASA before launch in 1975 (Pasadena, CA)

Why it's awesome: This microbe produces an enzyme used in industrial processes to convert glucose to fructose

Fun fact: This salt-resistant microbe secretes a compound that is though to be important in the stabilization of coastal sand dunes.

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 55 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 12 hrs

Growth density: 72%

Description: Gram-positive, aerobic, non-motile, rod-shaped

Originally isolated from: Lake water under the name Flavobacterium arborescens (1889)