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A dried down culture of the fungus Penicillium rubens derived from Sir Alexander Flemings penicillin producing strain, deposited in the CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) culture collection in the 1940s. This dish contains penicillium spores taken from Alexander Fleming’s research plates. By being fungal spores, this growth from 2017 is a clone of the penicillium that is commonly benchmarked as the first recorded observation of penicillin in 1928. The publication of his findings from this mould would lead him to share the Nobel Prize with associates Fleury and Chain in 1945.

Genetic Resource Collection Curator at the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, Matthew Ryan, explores Fleming’s Penicillium and the potential of microorganisms.

Fighting Superbugs in India c. Longitude Prize

Digital Editor at the Longitude Prize, Shannon Harmon, takes us behind the scenes of her new documentary, ‘Fighting Superbugs in India’.