November 6, 2018
Could a Bio-Polymer Producer Become the State’s Official Microbe?
Fun fact: Ohio doesn’t have an official state microbe, but local students are determined to put an end to that atrocity.
Otterbein University’s American Society for Microbiology is currently working on a project called MicrOhio. Its aim is to establish an official state microbe for Ohio in the same way that we have a state flower or bird. Six finalist microbes have been selected by students in the Department of Biology and Earth Science and are now up for public vote. Among the six is the bio-polymer producer, Cupriavidus necator, which was smartly selected because of Ohio’s large polymer industry.
Public voting on your microbe of choice is currently going on until Saturday, November 10th. Once the most popular candidate is chosen, Otterbein’s political and science students will introduce a bill to the Ohio state legislator to make it official.
Visit the MicrOhio Facebook page at Microbe4OhioOtterbein.