Bacteriophages are viruses that have evolved to specifically infect one species of bacteria only. The ability of bacteriophages to infect host Escherichia coli (E. coli) isolated from the same and different animal faeces was assessed in order to determine the potential host range across which bacteriophages might be effective.
This ties in to other bacteriophage and quorum-sensing projects currently underway in the Life, Health & Physical Sciences listed here
The project began in May 2015 and is currently open ended.
The project aims are
To date, bacteriophages have been recovered from the pooled faeces of goats, sheep and pigs. All three of these bacteriophages demonstrate lytic activity against host E. coli isolated from their own and other host animal species.
The next stage is to genotype the bacteriophages and the host E. coli in order to determine their clonal relativity and to assess whether the same bacterial and bacteriophages exist within each population.
More information will be added as the project progresses.
Dr Ian Cooper
To follow as project progresses