Spores of fungus, Candida albicans

The long strands are the tubular filaments (hyphae) that have developed from the fungal spores. Yeast cells (rounded, yellow) are budding from the ends of the hyphae (red). Candida albicans causes the infection known as candidiasis which affects the moist mucous membranes of the body, such as skin folds, mouth, respiratory tract and vagina. Oral and vaginal conditions are known as thrush.

More about fungi

Students

Microbes often suffer from negative press but guess what, only 5% actually cause disease and many more are very helpful.

These fascinating microscopic organisms are necessary for us to survive. This interactive section allows you to explore further the secret world of microbes, see how STI aware you are and collect a whole load of fascinating facts about microbes to impress your friends with. There are also some handy revision tips.

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