Project Title

Examination of the Relationships between the intestinal microflora of Lumbriculus variegatus and the surrounding habitat

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded

Summer 6-1-2012

Department/School

Biology

Project Description

Joanna Barton, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Kathleen Tweeten, Professor of Biology, were awarded $7,500 by the Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities grant for the examination of the relationships between the intestinal microflora of Lumbriculus variegatus and the surrounding habitat. This research project aims to understand the unique relationship between the intestinal microflora of Lumbriculus variegatus and the surrounding habitat from where the aquatic worms were harvested.

No published research exists that explores the symbiotic relationship of the microorganisms within the digestive tracts of these aquatic worms. This research will explore this unique relationship from worms obtained in natural habitats and those from commercially available sources. Also, the study will focus on the effect of climate changes and the degrowth phenomenon on the microbial community composition of L. variegatus.

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