2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Surveying Cutaneous Bacteria of Frog Populations in Adair County, Missouri


Brody J. Aubry
Dr. Joyce Patrick , Faculty Mentor

Amphibian populations are often used as environmental indicators meaning that their overall health can be used to assess the health of their environment.  With amphibian populations being used as environmental indicators, frog species and populations have been studied thoroughly.  Amphibian populations are decreasing in size worldwide due to various reasons including deaths caused by a chytrid fungus.  However, throughout this research, there seemed to be limited information surrounding the cutaneous bacteria of frog populations and their relationship to frog population health.  In Spring 2016, cutaneous microbe samples from frog populations in Adair County, Missouri, were collected to be identified in the laboratory.  Using polymerase chain reactions, DNA isolation, and gel electrophoresis techniques, bacterial DNA from each sample were isolated.  Bacterial strains were compared across populations and across sampled frog species.  

Keywords: Adair County, Cutaneous Bacteria, Amphibian Populations

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 6-
Location: GEO - SUB
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