16 thoughts on “D104 – Wiley

    1. Korean Red ginseng is traditional used in teas. Through research we found that it can strengthen the immune system and does in fact have antimicrobial properties. We found out about it from one of my lab partners whose family uses it in a pill form for sickness1

  1. I didn’t quite get it: The use of Korean Red Ginseng wasn’t effective as a drug for Salmonella?

    1. So you are correct, in our experiment Korean Red Ginseng did not effectively kill off the salmonella. This could be for a multitude of reasons, for example, Korean Red Ginseng also has nutritional properties which would actually promote the growth of salmonella instead of death. So while some properties of Korean Red Ginseng could kill off salmonella, some could promote it. Therefore our experiments were unsuccessful. However, like I said in the future directions, we could seperate all active ingredients to eliminate the effects on the nutritional properties.

  2. Your poster was clear and easy to follow well done! Although, I would like to know more on your projects impact on society. In the future would you like to continue to experiment on gin sang or move on to a potentially different herb for experimentation?

    1. Our impact on society would be to find a possible compound that could work as an antibiotic. Even though our testing was unsuccessful, this does not mean Korean Red Ginseng does not have the capacity to be useful in the scientific community. In order to continue this, we would have to separate the individual compounds of Korean Red Ginseng and test them with salmonella instead. This would eliminate the interference of Korean Red Ginsengs nutritional properties in our test results.

  3. What procedure would you use to isolate the individual compounds from the korean red ginseng?

  4. Was it just the antimicrobial properties of the ginseng or something more that made you believe it could potentially be an effective drug for salmonella?

    1. There has been large amounts of testing on Korean Red Ginseng for its antimicrobial properties. It has been known to strengthen the immune system, it is also anti-inflammatory, and thought to have properties to be anti-cancer. This of course was what really drew us in to test this compound against salmonella.

  5. How are the conclusions explained in this poster relevant in the field of science, and how could it be used in the future?

    1. Our experiment was unsuccessful in proving that Korean Red Ginseng’s antimicrobial properties would kill salmonella. However, Korean Red Ginseng is still a very promising compound that is and should be tested further. There were many aspects of our experiment, and our compound, that could have changed our results. Like I said in my future directions, our next step would be to test to active compounds individually as to remove the influence of Korean Red Ginsengs nutritional properties which would promote salmonella growth. If we isolate the active compounds our experiment would not be affected by these nutritional properties and could be promising in becoming a useful antibiotic. This is relevant in the field of science because of the rising issue of antibiotic resistance.

  6. Could you redo the experiment and change the ethanol levels to get reliable data on the ginseng, or were there more issues?

    1. Throughout our experiment we actually changed the ethanol levels quite a bit. At lower levels it proved to be more promising so I would love to keep testing that further.

  7. Great work, is there anything more that you would’ve liked to know about the ginseng before you chose it as your compound?

    1. Korean Red Ginseng is actually been widely researched for its antimicrobial properties. I believe it would have been helpful to test the most active compound in the ginseng first before testing so we could have attempted that instead.

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