Creepy Cultures 2021

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Publish Date: October 19, 2021

With more than 50 years in the industry, the thing we have grown to love most about microbiology is the people. Microbiologists combine impeccable precision and insatiable curiosity. Though their work often calls for strict methodologies, microbiologists draw inspiration from the microscopic world that surrounds them. Every October, we celebrate that spirit of scientific creativity with an agar art contest called #CreepyCultures.

Now that spooky season is here, it’s time to bust out the agar and inoculating loops, and get to work creating your creepiest masterpiece. Each year our customers and industry partners delight us with their agar art creations, and we know this year will be no different!

How the contest works

Create Halloween-themed agar art using your favorite microorganisms and agar. Send us a picture of your agar art by Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, for a chance to win fun prizes. Winning plates will be chosen by Microbiologics employees.


For extra Halloween flare, use microorganisms with green fluorescent protein markers, like our UV-BioTAGTM control strains, to make your plate glow under UV light.

Check out some past submissions and winners for inspiration:




Sharing your masterpiece

Submit your agar art here for a chance to win!

We will share submissions and announce the winners Friday, October 29th, 2021 on the Microbiologics Blog.

Written by Microbiologics

Microbiologics is the foremost biological products and services provider, focused on protecting the health and safety of people around the world. For over 50 years, they have been partnering with healthcare and life science laboratories, manufacturers and suppliers across the globe to co-create and provide biological control materials, assay services and consulting for microbiology, molecular diagnostics and virology. Headquartered in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the company has additional facilities in California, Kentucky and Michigan. Microbiologics has advanced industry standards for biological controls by adopting the most rigorous testing and quality standards including ISO 13485, ISO/IEC 17025, and ISO 17034. The company has an extensive distribution network spanning over 150 countries. For more information, visit

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