Science University Research Symposium (SURS)

Publication Date



Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Biology, Department of

SURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Adams

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria cells. Bacteria, being the most abundant form of life on the planet, have an estimated ten to a hundred different types of bacteriophages that infect each species. Bacteriophages are everywhere on Earth, but the number of phages that have been identified is only a fraction of what are thought to exist. This project focuses on isolating and identifying phages that infect the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. B subtilis is a decomposition microbe commonly found in the soil. Our first goal was to determine whether the 3 samples of Bacillus subtilis phages that were previously obtained were unique or clones. This was determined by isolating each phage’s DNA and utilizing molecular techniques to analyze the sequence. The second goal of this project was to attempt to isolate new Bacillus subtills phages from various soil samples. These experiments are currently ongoing and will be reported on.



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