Team:Lubbock TTU

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The chytridiomycosis pandemic caused by the fungi Bd and Bsal has caused global amphibian extinction. Since these fungi contain chitin in their cell walls, we will use chitooligosaccharides as biomarkers of pathogen prevalence. To detect this biomarker, we will develop a microbial biosensor by coupling the V. cholerae one component chitin-sensing system with a GFP reporter in E. coli. This biosensor will support field ecologists with preliminary site testing to inform decision-making strategies.