I need some help – my friend discovered a new type of bacteria and asked me to post on this forum regarding his findings. The bacteria was found by an accident, and by testing it (API-STRIP TEST) he discovered that it was unknown.
While studying the bacteria he noticed something fascinating. The bacteria kills fecal bacterias and dissolves fecal matter! He tried searching online for a bacteria that is simillar to his bacteria in order to find out if it was really a new bacteria or it was already known. His search results didn’t yield anything useful.
My questions are:
– since the tests are very expensive here in Croatia what do you think he should do? He knows that the uses for this kind of bacteria are practically limitless but do you have any ideas regarding who should he contact regarding his findings?
– is there a simillar bacteria to this one?
He is a college student and the colleges in Croatia are very different from the colleges in the USA and Europe so he can’t get a scholarship to help him further investigate…
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There are some papers reporting on bacteria that lyse sludge and/or other bacteria: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17163040
And to my knowledge, certain Bacillus species can also very effieciently lyse E. coli.
These findings are certainly interesting, but keep in mind that the API test is somewhat limited- it is kind of a "quick-check" that allows you to identify Enterobacteriaceae. But still a lot of things may get wrong and this system is definitely not sufficient to prove that you have isolated a new bacterium. To do that, you would have to sequence it.
My tip: contact or go to a microbiology lab at a University nearby and ask wheter there is enough interest to check on it.