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Questioning Species and Species Complexes: A Colloquium in Honor of Dr. R. James Hickey

McCarthy, Mirabai R. [1].

Antibiotic Potential of Flathead Fungi and Flora: A Compilation of Undergraduate Research.

Widespread use of antibiotics in medical and agricultural industries has resulted in extensive antibiotic resistance at the global level, which poses an immediate threat to human health. The most commonly used antibiotics are currently synthesized from fungi and bacteria, yet other organisms such as lichens, bryophytes and pteridophytes have sparked scientific interest as potential sources of antimicrobial compounds, but only a small fraction of species have been tested. The overarching goal our research is to determine whether locally occurring fungi, lichens, bryophytes, and other vascular plants, have antibiotic potential against various pathogenic bacteria including, Staphylococcus epidermidis, S. aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli. During the past four years, two-hundred-and-nine plant, lichen, and fungal specimens were collected, identified, dried, and deposited in the FVCC herbarium. Samples were later prepared for antibiotic analyses using ethanol, or water extractions and tested using the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method and MIC plate methods. During this presentation, I will highlight results from our student-driven research project, and discuss the benefits of undergraduate participation in the STEM Research Program at Flathead Valley Community College.

1 - Flathead Valley Community College, Biology, 777 Grandview Dr., Kalispell, MT, 59901, USA

Undergraduate mentoring 
STEM Education
Field Work.

Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Abstract ID:922
Candidate for Awards:None

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