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Friday, March 27 • 08:00 - 17:00
[VIRTUAL] Microbial Diversity of Campbell University Ants

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Ants are social insects that live in symbiosis with their environment. Dense ant colonies means higher risk of infection, therefore, ants have adapted a defense system against parasites and pathogens through the production of antimicrobial secretions from their metapleural gland. This study aims to evaluate the microbial diversity of worker ants in the built environment of Campbell University. Bacteria will be isolated using culture-based methods, identified using 16S rRNA sequencing, and assessed for antibiotic production. A comparative study to outside environments will determine if the bacteria Campbell ant species are carrying are unique to ants in other environments.


Friday March 27, 2020 08:00 - 17:00 EDT