Microbiology 302L students taught by Claudia Lemper were part of a world-wide crowdsourcing project coordinated by Yale University. The students searched the soil from the ISU campus for antimicrobial producing organisms and identified them using microbiological tests and 16s rRNA sequencing. The antimicrobial compounds were tested to determine which pathogenic organisms they might be effective agains.
More about the class project in this article from the Ames Tribune.
To read more about the project please go to Small World Initiative.