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Mycological Medicine

Student: Emma McBoyle & Amie MacDonald

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2007 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Emma and Amie are students at Ellenvale Junior High School. In their project they studied three species of field-collected fungi - Trametes versicolor, Polyporus brumalis, and Pycnoporus cinnabarinus and tested them for antibiotic properties.

Extracts and powders of each fungus were placed in Petri dishes containing nutrient agar along with the active bacterial culture from yogurt (Lactobacillus acidophilus). Control tests were conducted without fungal components. Their conclusion: Pycnoporus cinnabarinus in the form of a powder prevented bacterial growth and growth was enhanced in all other plates.

Their project earned an Honourable Mention in Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sciences at the 2007 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Truro. They are young Nova Scotian's celebrating science and discovery. Congratulations Emma & Amie!

Emma McBoyle & Amie MacDonald

Emma McBoyle & Amie MacDonald - Mycological Medicine

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