A serendipic legacy: Erwin Esmarch's isolation of the first photosynthetic bacterium in pure culture

@article{Gest1995ASL,
  title={A serendipic legacy: Erwin Esmarch's isolation of the first photosynthetic bacterium in pure culture},
  author={Howard Gest},
  journal={Photosynthesis Research},
  year={1995},
  volume={46},
  pages={473-478}
}
During the 1880's, Erwin von Esmarch was a junior associate (‘Assistent’) of Robert Koch studying bacteria of medical significance. In 1887, he isolated the first example of spiral-shaped bacteria in pure culture, from the dry residue of a dead mouse that he had suspended sometime earlier in Berlin tap-water. Under certain conditions, colonies of the organism were the color of red wine, and this led Esmarch to name the bacterium Spirillum rubrum. Twenty years later, Hans Molisch demonstrated… CONTINUE READING