Grant To Help Identify Antibiotics In Plants
by Associated Press
December 14, 2011 7:54 AM
A $185,000 state grant will help Black Hills State University researchers further refine their work to identify specific chemicals in native plants that have new antibiotic compounds.
WestCore Laboratory director Dr. Cynthia Anderson says that the money will help the university purchase equipment that can be used across science disciplines to enhance research capabilities.
One project from organic chemist Dr. John Dixon involves examining South Dakota plants that Native Americans have traditionally used for medicinal purposes. Anderson says Dixon and his students have been able to extract specific chemicals that contain new antibiotic compounds.
The grant money comes from a special performance improvement fund that is intended to improve research capacity at each of the state's six universities.