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Nematode Coffee Mug featuring the digital art Nematode by Kate Solbakk

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Nematode Coffee Mug

Kate Solbakk

by Kate Solbakk



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R(105) G(93) B(58)

Product Details

Our ceramic coffee mugs are available in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. Each mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Design Details

A root-feeding nematode trapped by predatory fungus.... more


11 oz.

Ships Within

5 - 7 business days

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Coffee Mug Tags

coffee mugs fungi biodiversity microorganisms microbiology biology nature science agriculture microscopy ecology

Digital Art Tags

digital art fungi biodiversity microorganisms microbiology biology nature science agriculture microscopy ecology

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Artist's Description

A root-feeding nematode trapped by predatory fungus. This fungus produces a chemical in the ring cells which lures the nematode in. Once a nematode is within the ring, the cells react and swell up like a balloon, forming a tight, inescapable collar. Fungal hyphae penetrate the nematode's body and slowly digest it from the inside out. In this drawing, the fungus (white) is growing along the surface of a plant's root, surrounded by root hairs. The nematode, which was moving in to feed on the root, became lured and trapped by the fungus. By trapping the nematode to feed itself, the fungus has also protected the plant. Complex interactions like this are good examples of why it is so important to protect biodiversity in the soil ecosystem as well as all others.

About Kate Solbakk

Kate Solbakk

My goal is to inspire curiosity by imagining how microscopic creatures might look if we could see them in their natural habitats, and view them as amazing wildlife rather than "specimens" in a laboratory. Many of us are unsettled by the thought of invisible microscopic life forms all around us, so I try to balance the "ick factor" by showing that these creatures can be beautiful. The microscopic world is truly fantastic and offers a lot of inspiration for fantasy themes, which you will see in some of my more playful work like the hookah-smoking tardigrade inspired by the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. I hope my art can help bring us a little bit closer to the mysterious world of microbiology that is the foundation for all our...