Event Title

Discovery of New Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Your Backyard

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

27-4-2018 1:30 PM

Document Type

Poster

Description

The purpose of my research project is to identify a new antibiotic-producing bacterium found in the soil. An antibiotic, which is produced in soil, is a medicine that impedes the growth of or destroys microorganisms. It is important to identify new antibiotics due to the uprising crisis in modern medicine of which bacteria is becoming resistant to the antibiotics commonly prescribed by physicians. My soil sample was collected from my backyard in a suburban area. Thus far, I have identified bacteria and began testing candidates for antibiotic resistance, in hopes of developing new medications to fight the multi-drug resistant organisms. I will be presenting the potential candidates that I found, the antibiotic tests that disproved the possibility of these candidates being an important finding, as well as my findings on the identity and characteristics of the candidate bacterium that came from the soil sample. Through my research I hope to contribute to the Small World Initiative database to work collaboratively toward addressing the antibiotic crisis.

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The faculty supervisor for this project was Jon Kniss, Biology.

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Apr 27th, 1:30 PM

Discovery of New Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Your Backyard

CoLab, OCB 100

The purpose of my research project is to identify a new antibiotic-producing bacterium found in the soil. An antibiotic, which is produced in soil, is a medicine that impedes the growth of or destroys microorganisms. It is important to identify new antibiotics due to the uprising crisis in modern medicine of which bacteria is becoming resistant to the antibiotics commonly prescribed by physicians. My soil sample was collected from my backyard in a suburban area. Thus far, I have identified bacteria and began testing candidates for antibiotic resistance, in hopes of developing new medications to fight the multi-drug resistant organisms. I will be presenting the potential candidates that I found, the antibiotic tests that disproved the possibility of these candidates being an important finding, as well as my findings on the identity and characteristics of the candidate bacterium that came from the soil sample. Through my research I hope to contribute to the Small World Initiative database to work collaboratively toward addressing the antibiotic crisis.