Paenibacillus elgii

Paenibacillus elgii

Where we found it: On a Mars Exploration Rover before launch (2004) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL-NASA, Pasadena, CA)

Why it's awesome: This microbe produces (currently unknown) antimicrobials effective against a wide range of fungi and bacteria

Fun fact: When applied to soil this microbe has been shown to enhance growth of both tobacco and peanut

Regular Season Stats

Growth Days

Time to saturation: 83 hrs

Time to exponential growth: 50 hrs

Growth density: 52%

Description: Gram variable, faculative anaerobe, rod-shaped, spore forming

Originally isolated from: Shiso roots in Korea (2004)