Title

Inhibition for P. destructans

Presenter Information

Claire Wilmore

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Chemical 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

Claire Wilmore is a sophomore at Missouri S&T working towards a degree in Chemical Engineering. She is involved on campus with IGEM and Greek Life. She is looking forward to getting her degree and new challenges ahead.

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 Sonya Roberts

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Inhibition for 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.