Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Robert Zdor

Abstract

The genus Pseudomonas is a group of gram-negative bacteria having great ecological diversity. Some species produce HCN which may harm plants. The purpose of this research is to determine whether a plant-associated strain o Pseudomonas putida has the ability to produce cyanide under biofilm conditions. Bacterial production of HCN could prove useful in weed control strategies. To obtain these results the experiment involved a six-day experimental scheme. My findings indicate that Pseudomonas putida does produce cyanide under biofilm conditions providing valuable information concerning cyanogenic bacteria especially in the Pseudomonas group.

Subject Area

Pseudomonas, Cyanides, Weeds--Control., Gram-negative bacteria., Biofilms

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