Project Title: Analysis of Awfucshs Community of Water Celery (Vallisneria americana)
Faculty Sponsor: Jerry Sanders
Project Description: We are working to characterize the microbial community that lives on the surface of Water Celery a nuisance aquatic plant that has exhibited a tendency to develop resistance to current herbicides. The hypothesis that we are investigating is: Are bacterial communities living on the surface of the plant creating a barrier to the herbicide? We hope to identify potential bacterial candidates and possible control mechanisms.
Student Tasks & Responsibilities: Use microbial techniques to grow and identify bacterial isolates, develop procedures for establishing and testing slime layers for consistancies.
Minimum Student Qualifications:
- Bio326- Cell Biology
- Bio328- Genetics
- Bio113- Principles of Biology
- Bio111- Organismal Biology
- Bio167/168- Anatomy/Physiology
- Bio135- microbiology
- Chem260/261/262/263- Gen Chem I & II w/Labs, Marine Biology expertise is a plus.