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bacteria colonies

Overhead closeup of a covered petri dish on black table. The dish and agar are fully clear except for about two dozen small milky beige circles scattered throughout the dish.

Jake Cecala, Ph.D., is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Davis, where he is studying how insecticides and water availability affect floral microbial communities and pollination. Here, two species of nectar-specialist bacteria (in the genera Neokomagataea and Acinetobacter) form colonies on agar.

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