Event Title

Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

27-4-2018 9:00 AM

Document Type

Poster

Description

Throughout history it is known that bacteria can be found in many different environments, including soil. By looking at many physiological and biological aspects of bacteria, they can be used to help treat issues that may arise with certain types of bacterial infections seen in humans. A big problem with using bacteria to fight other bacteria is their ability to evolve and adapt to their surroundings. With the more infection seen and the greater use of antibiotics, a problem called antibiotic resistance is increasing. This means that bacteria and the infections they cause are showing more resistance to the developed drugs made to fight them and therefore rendering them ineffective. Many bacteria found in soil produce useful antibiotics. In this project, I isolated bacteria in order to test for possible production of antibiotics. I identified a candidate and will have described its characteristics through several key properties (staining, shape, size, etc.). I will also show the process of how the soil sample was isolated to the specific candidate, tested against other bacteria, subject to various tests and used to determine if antibiotic development is possible. Collectively with this project, we are one step closer to creating a worldwide database where many species of bacteria are described and investigated well enough to know if they could possibly be used to treat these problematic bacterial infections.

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

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Apr 27th, 9:00 AM

Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

CoLab, OCB 100

Throughout history it is known that bacteria can be found in many different environments, including soil. By looking at many physiological and biological aspects of bacteria, they can be used to help treat issues that may arise with certain types of bacterial infections seen in humans. A big problem with using bacteria to fight other bacteria is their ability to evolve and adapt to their surroundings. With the more infection seen and the greater use of antibiotics, a problem called antibiotic resistance is increasing. This means that bacteria and the infections they cause are showing more resistance to the developed drugs made to fight them and therefore rendering them ineffective. Many bacteria found in soil produce useful antibiotics. In this project, I isolated bacteria in order to test for possible production of antibiotics. I identified a candidate and will have described its characteristics through several key properties (staining, shape, size, etc.). I will also show the process of how the soil sample was isolated to the specific candidate, tested against other bacteria, subject to various tests and used to determine if antibiotic development is possible. Collectively with this project, we are one step closer to creating a worldwide database where many species of bacteria are described and investigated well enough to know if they could possibly be used to treat these problematic bacterial infections.