What in the world is microbe hunting?

A quick Google search of the term “microbe hunting” revealed 2460 hits, the term “microbe hunter” a mere 21300 hits. The combination of these words with “amateur microscopy” returned a total of… 1 and 4 hits respectively. This is not much. The one returned hit is particularly interesting. It is from Popular Science, September 1934, entitled “Microbe hunting with your Microscope”. It gives a nice description on how to prepare bacteria for microscopic observation.

Microbe hunting – a new term to an old pastime and hobby? The terms seems to be around now for over 70 years, but is still not used widely. Maybe it is time to establish this term a bit more. I have to admit that “Amateur Microscopy?” does sound a bit more “professional” (is this a paradox?), but the sentence “I’m a microbe hunter” flows much easier than “I’m an amateur microscopist”, so maybe this is enough justification to establish that term, even if amateur microscopists observe specimens other than microorganisms as well.

In any case, I herewith propose that the term “Microbe Hunting” be used interchangeably for amateur microscopy. Comments?

One thought on “What in the world is microbe hunting?”

  1. Hello Oliver!
    Your website comes highly recommended – John Delly (from McCrone Associates) sent the link to me! Delighted to browse around, and see the work you have put into this. We would be very pleased if you would consider joining our Yahoo! Amateur_Microscopy forum. One of our major goals is to encourage folks to join or form microscopy clubs wherever they happen to live. You might also want to see the editorial I wrote on the subject of “Citizen Microscopy” for the November, 2009 issue of Microscopy Today magazine (p 64): http://content.yudu.com/A1i1ds/MTOVol17Num6/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.microscopy-today.com%2Findex.jsf%3Bjsessionid%3D0607FF0308CC1801674550B89F7A9F1B

    Let’s keep in touch – and thanks again for the wonderful website!

    – Glenn Shipley, PhD, MT(ASCP)
    Chicago, IL

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