Human Microbiome on Textiles Experiment

The aim of this experiment is to see which fibre grows the most human bacteria within 3 weeks.

This is to see which fibre is the most successful in growing human microbiome. I plan to grow the bacteria from my skin cells onto the textile.

This experiment shows similar connections to Sonja Bäumels’. However she used a combination of her bacteria and artificial bacteria. I plan just to use my own bacteria from my skin.

01Baumel, S, (2009), Bacteria Textile [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

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Bäumel, S, (2011), cartography of the human body [ONLINE]. Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/cartography-of-the-human-body [Accessed 01 January 15].

Within this experiment i will be using these variables:

Independent Variable – The variable changed or manipulated. 

Dependent Variable (the variable that is measured)  – The variable you measure

Control Variable (constant variable) – The variable you keep the same

 

Independent variable: The two types of fibres i will be experimenting on.

Cotton – Natural Fibre

Polyester and Nylon Mix – Synthetic Man-Made Fibre

Dependant Variable- The amount of Human microbiome that grows in 3 weeks. The textile with the most visible Human microbiome therefore will be the most successful.

bacteria-in-a-petri-dish– Should look a little like this. 

Unknown, (2014), Lactocillin [ONLINE]. Available at:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282636.php [Accessed 01 January 15].

Control Variable (Constant variable) – keeping the textiles at room temperature within a slight damp aired room. I will also use a off-white coloured textile materials to clearly show the darker colour of the human bacteria and still be able to see the lighter coloured bacteria. 

Week 1

Cotton Textile: I saw a quick change in the slight Cotton textile and saw a discolouration within the fabric.

Synthetic Textile:  No change within the

Week 2:

Cotton Textile: Majority grey Human microbiome forming and some black. Slight offensive smell.

Synthetic: Slight Discolouration

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Synthetic: Slight Discolouration

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Week 3:

Cotton Textile: Alot of black Human microbiome has grown and a very distinct offensive smell.

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Synethetic: Some very small Human microbiome has grown.

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Conclusion: From my small experiment i can clearly see that cotton was the most successful in being the structure to hold and grow human microbiome.

However the fact that i only used one type of natural fibre does this really mean that natural fibres are the most successful in growing bacteria?

I researched this a little further to further conclude and prove that my first conclusion is correct:

‘Unnatural man-made fibres, like fibres of glass,plastic or polyester, are only slightly affected, even after long exposure.’

BORYO, D.E.A. , 2013. The Effect of Microbes on Textile Material: A Review on the Way-Out So Far. The International Journal Of Engineering And Science , [Online]. 2 (8), pp. 9-13. Available at:http://www.theijes.com/papers/v2-i8/Part.1/B028109013.pdf [Accessed 01 January 2015].

“Textiles made from natural fibres are generally more susceptible to  bacteria, they can quickly grow under favourable conditions of temperature and humidity”

Unknown. 2009. Talking rot… and mildew. [ONLINE] Available at: http://fungus.org.uk/nwfg/rot.htm. [Accessed 01 January 15].

Bibliography

Online Image

Baumel, S, (2009), Bacteria Textile [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/works[Accessed 01 January 15].

Bäumel, S, (2011), cartography of the human body [ONLINE]. Available at:http://www.sonjabaeumel.at/work/bacteria/cartography-of-the-human-body [Accessed 01 January 15].

Unknown, (2014), Lactocillin [ONLINE]. Available at:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282636.php [Accessed 01 January 15].

Online Journal

BORYO, D.E.A. , 2013. The Effect of Microbes on Textile Material: A Review on the Way-Out So Far. The International Journal Of Engineering And Science , [Online]. 2 (8), pp. 9-13. Available at:http://www.theijes.com/papers/v2-i8/Part.1/B028109013.pdf [Accessed 01 January 2015].

Website

Unknown. 2009. Talking rot… and mildew. [ONLINE] Available at: http://fungus.org.uk/nwfg/rot.htm. [Accessed 01 January 15].

 

 

 

 

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