Event Title

Discovering a possible antibiotic from a 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

Bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to treat due to an increase in bacteria resistant to antibiotics. This is leading to an increase in illness and sometimes resulting in death. I began my research by taking a soil sample from my backyard. We have a garden where we grow strawberries during the summer months. I then diluted the soil sample and plated the soil to see if it may contain a new antibiotic that could cure infections. Then I took the bacteria colonies that grew to see if there is any change in the pathogen. I then isolated the colony on a streak plate to further study the sample. I have one possible candidate that looks like it overtaking two infections: Enterobacter aerogenes and Staphylococcus epidermis. This testing could help find a new antibiotic that could prevent illness and death for many people.

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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

Discovering a possible antibiotic from a soil sample

CoLab, OCB 100

Bacterial infections are becoming more difficult to treat due to an increase in bacteria resistant to antibiotics. This is leading to an increase in illness and sometimes resulting in death. I began my research by taking a soil sample from my backyard. We have a garden where we grow strawberries during the summer months. I then diluted the soil sample and plated the soil to see if it may contain a new antibiotic that could cure infections. Then I took the bacteria colonies that grew to see if there is any change in the pathogen. I then isolated the colony on a streak plate to further study the sample. I have one possible candidate that looks like it overtaking two infections: Enterobacter aerogenes and Staphylococcus epidermis. This testing could help find a new antibiotic that could prevent illness and death for many people.