Eimeria Parasites in Wyoming Ground Squirrels and ...

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Eimeria Parasites in Wyoming Ground Squirrels and the Secondary Science Classroom

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Hamar, Nick
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Motriuk-Smith, Dagmara
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Seville, R. Scott
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Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming
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2009-05-14

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The purpose of the study conducted during the summer of 2008 was to identify the eimerian parasites found in Wyoming ground squirrels (Spermophilus elegans) live-trapped in Natrona County and to learn basic field and laboratory techniques. Eimeria are intestinal parasites that are found in a wide variety of animals that can cause coccidiosis. Fecal samples were collected from live captured squirrels and mixed with 2% potassium dichromate to allow sporulation of Eimeria oocysts. After one week samples were screened for presence/absence of eimerians and the number of oocysts counted using 100X magnification microscope. Twenty-two of 30 samples (prevalence =73%) tested positive for Eimeria. Samples possessing a minimum of 1,000 oocysts were set aside for later molecular tests. A microbiology teaching unit was designed and implemented during spring residency at Natrona County High School in Casper, 10th grade students. This unit included all three Wyoming state science standards. Students swabbed common objects throughout the school and grew the bacteria on LB/agar plates, some of which included antibiotic ampicillin. The focus of the discussion was aimed at microbial diversity, spread of diseases, significance of antibiotics in treatment of infections, and antibiotic resistance.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2009 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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eimerian parasites

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Spermophilus elegans

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microbiology pedagogy

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Undergrauate Research Day 2009

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