Event Title

Cultivated Soil Leads to Possible Production of Antibiotic

Location

CoLab

Start Date

3-5-2019 12:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 1:15 PM

Document Type

Poster

Description

For decades, bacteria have been cultivated for their ability to produce antibiotics to treat harmful infections in the body. However, resistance to antibiotics has risen due to the overuse of antibiotics, as well as mutations of harmful bacteria. This is mainly due to bacteria’s ability to evolve to its surroundings. With this problem arising it is important that new bacteria can be discovered and screened to look for possible candidates for antibiotics. For this project, I cultivated a sample from soil in Lawrence, KS. I isolated 9 samples from the bacteria to screen against six pathogens. One viable candidate (bacteria 7) was found with zones of inhibition against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Enterococcus faecalis. Bacteria 7 underwent further screening and bacteria growth by streak plating. This experiment will determine if I have discovered a new bacteria, a possible candidate for a new antibiotic, or a common organism found in dirt.

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Cultivated Soil Leads to Possible Production of Antibiotic

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For decades, bacteria have been cultivated for their ability to produce antibiotics to treat harmful infections in the body. However, resistance to antibiotics has risen due to the overuse of antibiotics, as well as mutations of harmful bacteria. This is mainly due to bacteria’s ability to evolve to its surroundings. With this problem arising it is important that new bacteria can be discovered and screened to look for possible candidates for antibiotics. For this project, I cultivated a sample from soil in Lawrence, KS. I isolated 9 samples from the bacteria to screen against six pathogens. One viable candidate (bacteria 7) was found with zones of inhibition against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Enterococcus faecalis. Bacteria 7 underwent further screening and bacteria growth by streak plating. This experiment will determine if I have discovered a new bacteria, a possible candidate for a new antibiotic, or a common organism found in dirt.