A Microbe Poster and Manual Set has been created by Elaine Ingham, PhD. and Carole Ann Rollins, PhD. The 24 by 36 inch poster shows what microorganisms look like using a microscope. The microbes in the 32 full color photos on the poster are those typically found in soil, compost, worm castings, and compost tea. Special photos are included showing quantities of bacteria in different photos. The will enable you to look at the poster, while looking at your sample, using the microscope, and to more easily be able to estimate numbers of bacteria you see qualitatively.
There are a series of photos showing fungal hyphae diameters. These should help you decide if you have beneficial or non-beneficial fungi in your materials. There are photos of ciliates, flagellates, and amoebae to help you distinguish which ones and how many of which ones are in your material. There are a group of photos depicting bacterial-feeding versus fungal-feeding versus root-feeding nematodes, to help you distinguish the “good guys” from the “bad guys.”