Yay phage!


April 26,2010

This summer is going to be exciting!
My project is titled, “Inquiry into the Duration of Infectivity of Bacteriophage in Soil”. (If the title does not get you pumped for this blog, you might need to check your pulse but I digress. )
So what does this mean?
Well, this summer I will being attempting to find out if soil phage actually survive longer and how (tentative on the how). Since soil phage do not have any known way to actively persue their hosts, they should have longer infectivity phases. A longer infectivity phase would allow the soil phage a greater opportunity to actually find a host and lyse it.
To determine whether a soil phage’s period of infectivity is longer than that of its aquatic counterpart, I would create microcosms. The microcosms would allow me to determine the infectivity of a phage virus in a controlled manner and over a period of time.
There are more details to come.
Stay tuned to hear about this exciting experiment!