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8-PL02

Harnessing the Saguaro Cactus to Treat Skin Infections - Antimicrobial Properties of the Carnegiea Gigantea Seed Extract

Plant Sciences
Samantha Chulamorkodt

Grade:
8
Teacher:
Jennifer Kaste

"Acute skin infections are a significant burden on the health care system. There are an estimated 14.2 million skin infection office visits in 2005. The SSTI severity ranges from minor to life threatening. At best, SSTI are a nuisance. At worst, SSTI can result in surgery, sepsis, and death. Conventional treatment for SSTI’s is antibiotics. A traditional Navajo treatment is to use ground Saguaro Cactus seeds as topical antimicrobial treatment. My project will explore the efficacy of this Saguaro Seed treatment. "


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2 thoughts on “Harnessing the Saguaro Cactus to Treat Skin Infections – Antimicrobial Properties of the Carnegiea Gigantea Seed Extract

  1. Your creative research question has broad applications and led to very interesting results! Great work!

  2. This was a beautifully performed research experiment. It was an incredibly interesting and unique topic, and your experimental design helped to showcase your results. I enjoyed your use of many replicates, and I appreciated that all treatments were performed on the same plate to reduce any exogenous variables for each replicate. I was surprised to see how well the Saguaro seed performed, in relation to other known and isolated antibiotics. Very interesting.

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