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Mesmerizing beauty of the microbial world revealed by Instagramming researchers

A microbiologist uses the world of social media to pay attention to the mysterious world of microbes. Hunter Hines has 60,000 followers on his @ microbialecology Instagram account, where he regularly shares photos and videos of microscopic organisms. The graduate student now has more than 60,000 followers and records the small organisms at a magnification between 40 and 1000 times. Single cell ciliates are a popular feature for Bournemouth University graduate students, along with microbes such as worms and tardigrades (known as water bears). Tardigrades are considered one of the world's hardest organisms and can survive the most extreme conditions. Hines said, "The video and pictures on my Instagram show these amazing creatures in their natural state, because they behave and move, rather than just drawings from a textbook." Hunter is currently studying his PhD at Bournemouth University, which conducts research in Florida on single-celled organisms called ciliates, looks at their biodiversity and biogeography in freshwater ecosystems. They belong to a primitive group of organisms called protozoa and have hair-like organelles called cilia that help them move. In addition to ciliates, his Instagram account shows @microbialecology microscopic creatures, including worms, larvae and microcats making everything from laying eggs to eating each other. The account raised when it received over 1.4 million impressions over a single week. 19659011] Hines said, "These are organisms that are based on the food web and are important for ecosystem health. I collect them from freshwater habitats, like ponds, in Florida, and some are from the…

A microbiologist uses the world of social media to pay attention to the mysterious world of microbes.

Hunter Hines has 60,000 followers on his @ microbialecology Instagram account, where he regularly shares photos and videos of microscopic organisms.

The graduate student now has more than 60,000 followers and records the small organisms at a magnification between 40 and 1000 times.

Single cell ciliates are a popular feature for Bournemouth University graduate students, along with microbes such as worms and tardigrades (known as water bears).

Tardigrades are considered one of the world’s hardest organisms and can survive the most extreme conditions.

Hines said, “The video and pictures on my Instagram show these amazing creatures in their natural state, because they behave and move, rather than just drawings from a textbook.”

Hunter is currently studying his PhD at Bournemouth University, which conducts research in Florida on single-celled organisms called ciliates, looks at their biodiversity and biogeography in freshwater ecosystems.

They belong to a primitive group of organisms called protozoa and have hair-like organelles called cilia that help them move.

In addition to ciliates, his Instagram account shows @microbialecology microscopic creatures, including worms, larvae and microcats making everything from laying eggs to eating each other.

The account raised when it received over 1.4 million impressions over a single week. 19659011] Hines said, “These are organisms that are based on the food web and are important for ecosystem health. I collect them from freshwater habitats, like ponds, in Florida, and some are from the earth.

” Too many viewers are the first time they see these creatures from the micro world as living things.

& # 39; I hope my posts can reach a global audience and show microbiology in a positive light while inspiring interest in science for anyone with internet access.

WHAT IS TARDIGRADES?

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are said to be the most indestructible animals in the world.

These small segmented creatures come in many forms – there is more than 900 species of them – and they are everywhere in the world, from highest mountains to the deepest oceans.

 Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are said be the most indestructible animals in the world.

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are said to be the most indestructible animals in the world

They have eight legs (four pairs) and each leg has four to eight claws resembling a bear

] Boil 1mm creatures, freeze them, dry them, expose them to radiation and they are so resilient that they will still live 200 years later.

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illustration of a tardigrade (water bear) is depicted

Water bears can live through temperatures as low as -457 degrees, heat as high as 357 degrees and 5 700 grayer

Tardigrades have been around for 530 million years and survived the dinosaurs Live also for a decade without water and survive even in space.

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