Event Title

Investigation of Antimicrobial Properties of Butterfly Saliva

Location

124 Science & Nursing Building

Start Date

28-4-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

28-4-2017 12:00 PM

Description

Butterflies feed on a variety of fluids including nectar, sap and rotting fruit, which host a diversity of microbial communities. Butterflies who feed on these substrates are ingesting their food as well as the microbes that live in it. Ingesting microbes could potentially reduce the butterfly’s fitness. We hypothesized that the saliva of butterflies has anti-microbial properties that combat the microbial communities in butterfly food sources. In order to test this, butterfly saliva was collected and analyzed in a mix of Pseudomonas and Micrococcus for microbial inhibition. While experimental flaws have slowed progress, further investigation through flow cytometry will allow for more reliable and accurate data. Our preliminary research indicates bacterial growth is inhibited in the presence of butterfly saliva.

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Apr 28th, 11:30 AM Apr 28th, 12:00 PM

Investigation of Antimicrobial Properties of Butterfly Saliva

124 Science & Nursing Building

Butterflies feed on a variety of fluids including nectar, sap and rotting fruit, which host a diversity of microbial communities. Butterflies who feed on these substrates are ingesting their food as well as the microbes that live in it. Ingesting microbes could potentially reduce the butterfly’s fitness. We hypothesized that the saliva of butterflies has anti-microbial properties that combat the microbial communities in butterfly food sources. In order to test this, butterfly saliva was collected and analyzed in a mix of Pseudomonas and Micrococcus for microbial inhibition. While experimental flaws have slowed progress, further investigation through flow cytometry will allow for more reliable and accurate data. Our preliminary research indicates bacterial growth is inhibited in the presence of butterfly saliva.