Thursday, May 8, 2014
May 8, 2014: My lab's first completely independent manuscript was accepted for publication in the international Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology! The manuscript was authored by two undergraduate researchers, Pamela Watson and Stephanie Sorrell. In the manuscript we describe the new genus, Ptolemeba, with 2 new species in it P. bulliensis and P. noxubium. The genus is named after Mississippi State University's first bulldog mascot, Ptolemy, with the specific epithet of bulliensis after Bully, the mascot of Mississippi State. We chose this name because the type isolate came from soil collected in between Harned Hall's lecture hall and its annex on our campus. Videos of the new amoebae are available here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ5V3tch6CY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px2y976unlo).