Presentation Title

Identifying the genus of an unknown bacteria: Streptococcus

Faculty Mentor

Hector Valenzuela

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 97

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

Bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant at an alarming rate making it increasingly important to properly identify bacteria, especially those that are pathogenic, thus ensuring proper identification will lead to proper treatment. Identification of bacteria can be achieved through different techniques, such as a variety of stains: gram, spore, acid fast; and metabolic assays such as oxidase, lactase, and aerobic capacity are key for proper identification. The objective of this study was to develop a mechanism to correctly identify the genus an unknown bacterium. To achieve this goal, the bacteria was tested for morphological and metabolic features and determined to be cocci, gram positive, non spore forming, oxidase negative, and positive for lactate fermentation. From the data obtained, we concluded the bacterium to be from the Streptococcus genus; confirmation was done with primers specific to genes found in this genus.

Summary of research results to be presented

The objective of this study was to develop a mechanism to correctly identify the genus an unknown bacterium. To achieve this goal, the bacteria was tested for morphological and metabolic features and determined to be cocci, gram positive, non spore forming, oxidase negative, and positive for lactate fermentation. From the data obtained, we concluded the bacterium to be from the Streptococcus genus.

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Identifying the genus of an unknown bacteria: Streptococcus

BSC-Ursa Minor 97

Bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant at an alarming rate making it increasingly important to properly identify bacteria, especially those that are pathogenic, thus ensuring proper identification will lead to proper treatment. Identification of bacteria can be achieved through different techniques, such as a variety of stains: gram, spore, acid fast; and metabolic assays such as oxidase, lactase, and aerobic capacity are key for proper identification. The objective of this study was to develop a mechanism to correctly identify the genus an unknown bacterium. To achieve this goal, the bacteria was tested for morphological and metabolic features and determined to be cocci, gram positive, non spore forming, oxidase negative, and positive for lactate fermentation. From the data obtained, we concluded the bacterium to be from the Streptococcus genus; confirmation was done with primers specific to genes found in this genus.