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State Slogans, State Flowers, State... Microbes?

Published March 23, 2012 12:28 PM by Kelly Bocich

I got a kick out of this from the Dark Daily this morning. Hawaii's House of Representatives passed a bill that would recognize the bacterium Nesiotobacter exalbescens as the state's official microbe.

We've seen how clever our readers are, so when I saw this list of other Official State Microbe suggestions, I knew you all would have some great additions. Add yours in the comments section!

  • Alabama:Karenia brevis, a dinoflagellate, aka the Red Tide Alga. A shoo-in if you think of the Crimson Tide. (Jenny Ridings, New Scientist)
  • Alaska: The permafrost bacterium, Carnobacterium pleistocenum, found in 35,000 year-old ice. (Rowan Hooper, news editor, New Scientist)
  • California: (1)Saccharomyces cerevisiae, for its importance in making wine. (Elio) (Also suggested for several other states)(2) The city of Los Angeles got a nomination for a city microbe: Clostridium botulinum, the source of botox. (NPR listener; Rowan Hooper, news editor, New Scientist)
  • Florida: (1) Retirement communities in Florida would appreciate the 250-million-year-old Lazarus bacillus Bacillus permians. Note that there is far from universal agreement about the longevity of this bacterium. (Rowan Hooper, news editor, New Scientist)
  • Indiana: Zymomonas mobilis, a bacterium that produces ethanol very efficiently. Indy 500 cars run on ethanol. (AmoebaMike, New Scientist)
  • Texas: The oil eating Synthropus may be useful for cleanup of oil spills. (Rowan Hooper, news editor, New Scientist)

What else have you got?!

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