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Analysis of Microorganisms found in Natural Indigenous Medicinal Herbs
Paraguay (IFMSA-Paraguay) - Universidad del Pacifico, Asuncion
Department of Microbiology, School of Health Sciences, Universidad del Pacifico, Asuncion
Prof. Dr. Jose F. Plans
Prof. Dr. Jose F. Plans, Dr. Ana Silva, Dr. Maria Acosta
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
In Paraguay, the consumption of medicinal herbs is really popular, as both cold and hot infusions. Therefore, it is important to determine what kind of microorganisms are the most frequently found in medicinal herbs from one of the most well known markets in the city of Asuncion. The usage of these herbs is high in every social stratum, in cold drinks (known commonly as ?Terere?) as well as hot ones (such as tea and ?Mate?). The environmental exposure of these herbs in the market in question could lead to a broad spectrum of diseases that consumers may acquire, turning it into a potential Public Health issue. The aim of the project is to identify the microorganisms found in medicinal herbs samples from the Municipal Market Number 4 of the city of Asuncion. This way we may categorize whether or not they are pathogenic, the kind of pathologies consumers are susceptible to, as well as alert consumers about the risks of using such medicinal herbs without the proper hygienic measures. Standarized procedures of Sampling, Inoculation of Microbial Cultures, Use of stains and dyes, and Microscopic analysis of the samples will be used.
What is the aim of the project?
to identify the microorganism found in medicinal herbs samples from the Municipal Market Number 4 of the city of Asuncion. This way we may categorize whether or not they are pathogenic, the kind of pathologies consumers are susceptible to, as well as alert consumers about the risk of using such medicinal herbs without the proper hygienic measures.
What techniques and methods are used?
standarized procedures of sampling, inoculation of microbial cultures, use of stains and dyes, and microscopic analysis of the samples will be used
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Collection of data, analysis and interpretation, and writing of a report. It is expected that the student will be able to accomplish all programmed activities, fulfill the tasks given by the tutors and consolidate their own knowledge in the subject.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report - No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The students must bring own Labcoat
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months) - Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
- Torres Rojas; M; et al. Analisis Microbiologico de Plantas Medicinales con Oxido de Etileno (Microbiologic analysis of medicinal plants using ethylene oxide). More info (in Spanish. Summary Available in English): http://bit.ly/1SatpPh
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