Micrococcus yunnanensis

Micrococcus yunnanensis

Where we found it: In a dictionary at the offices of Discover Magazine

Why it's awesome: This microbe produces a “restriction enzyme” used for cutting DNA in biotechnology applications

Fun fact: Strains of this microbe have been re-classified numerous times. Previous names include Micrococcus luteus and Sarcina subflava

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 82 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 15 hrs

Growth density: 95%

Description: Gram-positive, aerobic, non spore forming, coccoid

Originally isolated from: Inside plant roots (Polyspora axillaris) in China (2009)