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Table 1 Morphological effects of the methanol extract from the of leaves and twigs of B. macowanii on B. cereus

From: Disruption of microbial cell morphology by Buxus macowanii

Morphological changes SEM TEM
Control Buxus macowanii Control Buxus macowanii
Cell shape Uniformly rod-shaped swollen cells (CWS) Uniformly rod-shaped Cells are swollen and contracted
Cell surface Smooth cell surfaces rough cell surface (RC) Smooth cells surfaces Rough cell surface (RC)
Cytoplasmic membrane Intact aMembrane damage (DWC) and loss of intracellular contents (LCC) Cytoplasm was homogenously electron dense Partial loss of cytoplasmic electron density
Cell wall Intact Damaged cell wall (DWC) (Perforations) Intact Cell wall distortion
Cell division Complete Incomplete cell division (ICD) Complete Incomplete cell division (ICD)
Cell viability Viable Cell death Viable Cell death
  1. aNo DNA extravasion carried out. However, the combination of the damage to the cell wall, perforations and other changes observed point to cytoplasmic membrane damage and loss of intracellular contents