Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Biology; Gender and Sexuality Studies

Project Advisor 1

Brooke Jude

Project Advisor 2

Marina Van Zuylen

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Pheromones are known to be involved in the life of organisms ranging from bacteria all the way to human beings. While they are mostly known for their possible participation in human sexual attraction, in the form of aphrodisiacs or other things, they are also involved in the daily life of bacterial communities. Pheromones can induce the movement of plasmids during bacterial conjugation, a type of gene transfer that allows cells to exchange DNA information. The aim of this study is to understand how gene transfer processes such as conjugation can be expressed both in the genes and phenotypes of violacein-producing bacteria. This study utilizes Gram-negative violacein-producing bacteria. Experiments on two bacterial strains from Sawkill Creek, in the Hudson Valley, disclosed that conjugation is a regulatory mechanism in the bacteria studied.

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