Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.

Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

Epsilon poly-L-lysine (ePL) is a biopolymer that has potential uses in a variety of fields including medicine, bioelectronics, and the food industry (as a food preservative). The goal of this project was to isolate ePL producing bacteria or fungi from soils suspected to be polluted by heavy metals, including chromates. The project concentrated on assaying the soil samples for chromium content, testing the specificity of the method of Itzhaki (to measure concentrations of ePL), and testing the antimicrobial effectiveness of ePL.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Biotechnology

Major

Biotechnology

Major

Biochemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

BIO

Advisor Department

BC

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