#CreepyCultures is Back!

It’s that time of year again! The time when we ask you, our fellow microbiologists, to send us your creepiest, crawliest Halloween-themed agar art. The time when you get to put those supreme streaking skills and that artistic flair to work for a chance to win some Microbiologics swag (including a plush Stanely Staphylococcus). Using the microbial strains and agar of your choosing, streak something spooky, haunting, even frightening. Ghosts, monsters, skulls, bats, warwolves, and witches – we can’t wait to see what you create!

How the contest works:

Create some Halloween-themed agar art using your favorite microorganisms and agar. Share an image of your creation with us by Monday, October 23, 2017 for a chance to win a Microbiologics swag bag including a stuffed Stanley Staphylococcus!

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see last year’s winners. For extra creepy cultures, use our UV-BioTAG™ strains (GFP tagged microorganisms) to make your design glow like the plate shown above, designed by our Research and Development Scientist, Dr. Karla Fjeld.

How to enter:

  1. Use the form below to upload your image
  2. Email your image to marketing@microbiologics.com

We will announce the winners on Thursday, October 26, 2017 on the Microbiologics Blog and our social pages.

Good luck and happy streaking!


The 2017 Creepy Cultures contest is now closed. Please visit Microbiologics Blog for current contests.

Here are last year’s winners and honorable mentions!


  1. Meagan Moore

    Much as the unknowns of lore, this collection of bacteria is a group of unknowns that are currently being processed in the lab to test for antibiotic producers. As such, great care is taken with these bacteria, perhaps because it would seem some bacteria follow with the same logic as Pennywise that “frightened flesh tastes better.” This thought does not bode well with the lab hypochondriac.

  2. Yolanda Quintero

    My witch was created using a combination media of M-endo-LES mixed with MUG. E.coli was used for fluorescence and a total coliform was used for red-green sheen on the lines. Unfortunately, the black-light makes it hard to see the sheen from the E.coli. Thanks for a fun Halloween activity!


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