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Yeah, I’m a Source on Wikipedia

By Lauren Smith @AlbatrossTales

Not to brag or anything, but when you search on Wikipedia for “psittacofulvin” and “Bacillus licheniformis,” a scientific paper I co-authored is cited in the sources. How about that? I think it’s pretty nifty.

Yeah Ohio Wesleyan University and degrading parrot feathers!

(Click on the links to read articles about our research.)

Yeah, I’m a Source on Wikipedia

The degrading parrot feather crew at the North American Ornithology Conference in Veracruz, Mexico in 2006: (left to right) Dr. Kevin McGraw, Max Schroeder, Jenna (Sroka) Smith, Lauren Smith, and Dr. Jed Burtt.

In case you were wondering (and I know you were), psittacofulvins are the red, orange, and yellow pigments in parrot feathers. Bacillus licheniformis is a soil bacterium that degrades bird feathers. Click on the green links up in the first paragraph and read about it on Wikipedia.

If you’d like to read this world-famous paper, here it is:

Colourful Parrot Feathers Resist Bacterial Degradation

Yeah, I’m a Source on Wikipedia

Degrading parrot feathers from our experiment. In case you were wondering, cutting up a very precise amount of differently colored parrot feathers and sticking them in vials is a rather delicate and tedious task, and generally ends with there being bits of feather stuck to every available surface. 


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