Title

Inhibition of P. destructans

Presenter Information

Sonya Roberts

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Westenberg, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Funding Source

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE)

Abstract

Pseudogymnoascus destructans is a fungus invading caves and drastically killing off bat populations across America. It causes a disease known as White Nose Syndrome, which affects hibernating bats. Agriculture costs have spiked due to the increase in insects caused by the dwindling bat populations. Our paper investigates ways to inhibit the growth of P. destructans by using naturally occurring antifungal agents. We explored the possibilities of using azoles and allylamines, chitin-degrading organisms, and bacteria with specific properties that hinder the growth of P. destructans. Our most promising finding was the bacteria Rhodococcus rhodochrous, which kills P. destructans with simple aromatic exposure. We propose to look into the compounds used in this aromatic exposure to determine if the bacteria’s characteristic could be applied to caves affected by White Nose Syndrome.

Biography

Sonya Roberts is a Mechanical Engineering student with a Biological Sciences minor. She plans on attending graduate school after S&T and hopes to someday work in the field of biomedical engineering. She spends most evenings riding and training her two horses she owns here in Rolla. She competes in eventing, a discipline of English riding. Sonya is a member of the design team iGEM. She also enjoys playing the piano. She is a Miner Challenge participant and will be attending the volunteer trip to Colorado over spring break.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Claire Wilmore

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Inhibition of P. destructans

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Pseudogymnoascus destructans is a fungus invading caves and drastically killing off bat populations across America. It causes a disease known as White Nose Syndrome, which affects hibernating bats. Agriculture costs have spiked due to the increase in insects caused by the dwindling bat populations. Our paper investigates ways to inhibit the growth of P. destructans by using naturally occurring antifungal agents. We explored the possibilities of using azoles and allylamines, chitin-degrading organisms, and bacteria with specific properties that hinder the growth of P. destructans. Our most promising finding was the bacteria Rhodococcus rhodochrous, which kills P. destructans with simple aromatic exposure. We propose to look into the compounds used in this aromatic exposure to determine if the bacteria’s characteristic could be applied to caves affected by White Nose Syndrome.