Bacterial and Fungal Microflora on Donkey Dongs

03.11.2015 Fun Misc Science
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donkey_headEndlich hat mal jemand die Flora auf Eselspimmeln untersucht. (Und ja, auf „Donkey Dong“ bin ich ein kleines bisschen stolz.)

This study was undertaken to investigate the bacterial and fungal microflora on the external genitalia of a population of healthy male donkeys in the state of Michigan, USA. The aim was to identify and determine the frequency of occurrence of these microorganisms using seven different isolation media and standard microbiological procedures. The sites (urethral fossa [fossa glandis], dorsal diverticulum of the urethral sinus, distal urethra, and penile surface) in the distal reproductive tract were cultured and each isolated microorganism identified. Ten different genera of gram-positive bacteria, eight different genera of gram-negative bacteria, and two genera of fungi were isolated from the external genitalia of the 43 donkeys in this study.

Now you know.