Using the SPECTROstar Nano for screening against fungal compounds

August 11, 2011

Dr. Patrick K. Arthur, University of Ghana, Africa - Identification of novel anti-infective compounds from wood decaying fungi found in Ghana

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Dr EJ Dell
PhD, Sales Manager Northwest
BMG LABTECH USA

Wood decaying fungi represent a potential source for the isolation of new bioactive compounds to control infectious disease that endemic in most of the African continent. Several compounds have been isolated Basidiomycetes which have found as antibiotics, immunosuppressant and cholesterol lowering agents. Based on this and the fact that a great variety of these fungi are readily found Ghana, provides the proof of concept that wood decaying fungi found in Ghana are a potential source of novel anti-infective agents. The SPECROstar Nano will be used to determine appropriate wavelengths to be monitored for each specific enzymatic assay and it will be used for screening against fungal compounds with those enzymatic assays.

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