Just a quick update that our donated strain samples are growing! We don’t have an incubator so we’re making due with a room temperature dark cabinet, so while not optimal, it gets the job done.
We plated our samples of Streptomyces coelicolor and Streptomyecs avermitilis about a week ago, and it seems they have finally undergone formation of aeriel hyphae alongside production of the pigmented polyketide antibiotic actinorhodin (in the case of coelicolor). One of the plates of coelicolor does not look the same as the other colonies though. A purple color is being produced by the organism, and they have a much smoother/slimier look to the colonies. Perhaps they are a day or two away of forming the fuzzy aeriel mycelia, or perhaps they are a mutant. We will keep an eye on them.
We will be using them in our future work as part of a bio-assay for the compounds we are making. The one picture of the brown pigment diffusing from the two colonies are those of S. avermitilis, the maker of avermectin.