#Microbiotiful - A plastic duck
Experiment N. 06
The habitat of a plastic duck is the bath tub, and it picks up most of its “skin microbiota” from the child that plays with it while being washed by a parent or babysitter. But the distribution on the duck is unlikely to be the same as on the child. That’s because some microorganisms have developed ways of adhering to objects, enabling them to stay in a favorable location, while others have not. They can bind not only to natural materials but also to man-made ones, like plastics.