Event Title

Researching Antibiotics Through Bacteria Made From Soil Sample

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

28-4-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

28-4-2017 12:45 PM

Document Type

Poster

Description

Have you ever been sick and taken antibiotics? Do they always work? Why not? These are some questions that one might ask regarding the epidemic of antibiotic resistance. Throughout this semester, I have been researching different antibiotics made through bacteria. Since antibiotic resistance is at an all time high, this is relevant for every individual and society as a whole. Antibiotic resistance happens when the bacteria in one’s body can withstand the antibiotic, making the whole purpose of an antibiotic irrelevant. For my research, I took a soil sample from the ground near my garden at home to obtain potential candidates. I chose this specific sample because there were nutrients surrounding, but not directly affecting this soil. So far, I have found two potential candidates that are producing antibiotics. Throughout screening and testing, I have found that one of them inhibits Bacillus subfilius, while the other inhibits Enterococcus bacillus. I am still doing more testing and hope to figure out more specific details on these two candidates throughout the next couple of weeks. Overall, it is interesting that there is bacteria that can produce antibiotics which are found in the soil we use and see in our every day lives.

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The faculty supervisor on this project is Heather Seitz, Biology.

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Apr 28th, 11:00 AM Apr 28th, 12:45 PM

Researching Antibiotics Through Bacteria Made From Soil Sample

CoLab, OCB 100

Have you ever been sick and taken antibiotics? Do they always work? Why not? These are some questions that one might ask regarding the epidemic of antibiotic resistance. Throughout this semester, I have been researching different antibiotics made through bacteria. Since antibiotic resistance is at an all time high, this is relevant for every individual and society as a whole. Antibiotic resistance happens when the bacteria in one’s body can withstand the antibiotic, making the whole purpose of an antibiotic irrelevant. For my research, I took a soil sample from the ground near my garden at home to obtain potential candidates. I chose this specific sample because there were nutrients surrounding, but not directly affecting this soil. So far, I have found two potential candidates that are producing antibiotics. Throughout screening and testing, I have found that one of them inhibits Bacillus subfilius, while the other inhibits Enterococcus bacillus. I am still doing more testing and hope to figure out more specific details on these two candidates throughout the next couple of weeks. Overall, it is interesting that there is bacteria that can produce antibiotics which are found in the soil we use and see in our every day lives.