Faculty Advisor

Weathers, Pamela

Abstract

This project explored the symbiotic relationship between the plant Artemisia annua, which produces the antimalarial drug artemisinin, and the arbuscular mycorrhizal root fungus Glomus intraradices. A high-producing cultivar, SAM from the Weathers lab, was grown in two soil types, one seeded with fungal spores, to determine whether an increase in biomass, flavonoids, and artemisinin could occur. Differences in metabolites between plants grown from rooted cuttings and plants derived from tissue culture suggest a possible signal or mechanism for further study.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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