Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Isolation of cyanobacteria

Presenter Information

Jason PetersonFollow

Class

Article

Department

Biological and Irrigation Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Mixed culture algal biofilms are currently used in the remediation of waste water with the benefit of production of valuable products from cyanobacteria. Some of the challenges associated with remediation and product production, is the formation of the bioflim, and a lack of knowledge towards the dependency between microbes in the mixed culture. The isolation of the cyanobacteria from mixed culture could help determine if there is a need for a symbiotic relationship between microbes in mixed culture. Isolation of cyanobacteria could then be used to target optimal biofilm growth conditions and increase product formation. Cyanobacteria will be grown using standard organic solidifying agents and a method using glass fiber filters to produce isolated colonies. To aid in the purification, antibiotics will be used to reduce the number of accompanying heterotrophic bacteria. Joining these two approaches together will help in isolation and characterization of unknown cyanobacteria. Once isolated, studies can be done to better understand the formation of bio-films and production of valuable products.

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4-9-2015 12:00 PM

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Isolation of cyanobacteria

Mixed culture algal biofilms are currently used in the remediation of waste water with the benefit of production of valuable products from cyanobacteria. Some of the challenges associated with remediation and product production, is the formation of the bioflim, and a lack of knowledge towards the dependency between microbes in the mixed culture. The isolation of the cyanobacteria from mixed culture could help determine if there is a need for a symbiotic relationship between microbes in mixed culture. Isolation of cyanobacteria could then be used to target optimal biofilm growth conditions and increase product formation. Cyanobacteria will be grown using standard organic solidifying agents and a method using glass fiber filters to produce isolated colonies. To aid in the purification, antibiotics will be used to reduce the number of accompanying heterotrophic bacteria. Joining these two approaches together will help in isolation and characterization of unknown cyanobacteria. Once isolated, studies can be done to better understand the formation of bio-films and production of valuable products.