Lurking Everywhere

Ever smell a used kitchen sponge? Yuck! Here's why. The moisture in the sponge and the food-spills it mops up make it a perfect landing spot for microscopic cells that are in the air and on everything the sponge touches. If microbes could talk, they might say, "Oh, boy. I'm home" when they encounter a kitchen sponge. This SEM shows what happens when microbes colonize a kitchen sponge. The microbes use the spills as food. Their waste products give the sponge its distinctive smell.


Illustrated in full color with electron photomicrographs. Scholastic Books, 1998

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