Event Title

Microbes in Dirt Could Lead to Huge Findings

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

27-4-2018 10:30 AM

Document Type

Poster

Description

There is a huge need for new antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant pathogens are becoming more of a problem than they have ever been. One of the places that antibiotics have been found is from microbes in the soil. The amazing thing is that there are millions of uncultivated microbes in the dirt meaning that there is a very real possibility of finding a new antibiotic in the soil. For my research project I collected dirt from my backyard and I am attempting to find out if I could possibly have a new antibiotic. I have spent my time focusing on getting good microbes from my dirt to test against some tester strains of safe, but problematic pathogens. I have found that with my microbe, CR05, there is a slight inhibition to E. coli and S. epidermidis. I am hopeful that with more testing I will find out more about my microbe and see if it is truly a new antibiotic.

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The faculty supervisor for this project was Jamie Cunningham, Biology.

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Apr 27th, 10:30 AM

Microbes in Dirt Could Lead to Huge Findings

CoLab, OCB 100

There is a huge need for new antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant pathogens are becoming more of a problem than they have ever been. One of the places that antibiotics have been found is from microbes in the soil. The amazing thing is that there are millions of uncultivated microbes in the dirt meaning that there is a very real possibility of finding a new antibiotic in the soil. For my research project I collected dirt from my backyard and I am attempting to find out if I could possibly have a new antibiotic. I have spent my time focusing on getting good microbes from my dirt to test against some tester strains of safe, but problematic pathogens. I have found that with my microbe, CR05, there is a slight inhibition to E. coli and S. epidermidis. I am hopeful that with more testing I will find out more about my microbe and see if it is truly a new antibiotic.