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iLabs: OIL SPILL! Come check it out, and take our class!

June 20, 2015

OIL SPILL VS. BIOREMEDIATION

(Using plants, bacteria or fungi to clean up environmental messes)

WE ARE TESTING TO SEE IF BACTERIA OR FUNGI CAN CLEAN UP THE OIL WE SPILLED IN SOME SEA WATER, AS WELL AS THE OIL WE DUMPED IN SOME SOIL.

Come visit the Micro World Investigate Lab to check up on our oil spill and oil-contaminated soil experiments.

We are monitoring how well oil-eating bacteria, and oyster mushrooms can break down the oil and clean up the mess.

In the trays of soil are chive seeds and motor oil.  To two of the trays we have added bacteria or fungus to see if either can clean up the soil enough for chives to grow.

These experiments are part of the demos we will be using this year in our “Pollution, Bioremediation, and Toxicology course. We’ll be holding this class either this Fall or next spring.

Participants can learn how to identify pollution and its source, monitor its severity, understand its effects on the human body, and learn of a success story of a dead river – the Naugatuck River in Connecticut, and how that river is being brought back to life.

It is a testament to what can happend when CONCERNED CITIZENS REFUSE TO GIVE UP , TAKE CHARGE OF THE EFFORT, AND MAKE THEIR LEGISLATORS LISTEN TO THEIR WISHES.

So watch the Museum website for postings this fall or spring, for when we’ll hold our class:  “Pollution, Bioremediation & Toxicology”

And remember,watch our blog for updates over the next few months on our experiment!

Best of all, come see our experiment in person!!!

Bioremediation experiment - plain seawater

Bioremediation experiment – plain seawater

Bioremediation experiment - seawater and oil

Bioremediation experiment – seawater and oil

Bioremediation experiment seawater, oil and oil-eating bacteria

Bioremediation experiment seawater, oil and oil-eating bacteria

Bioremediation experiment seawater, oil and fungi

Bioremediation experiment seawater, oil and fungi

Bioremediation experiment - soil, oil, chive seeds, and fungi

Bioremediation experiment – soil, oil, chive seeds, and fungi

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. goldfire407 permalink
    June 20, 2015 5:17 pm

    Like

  2. June 20, 2015 5:33 pm

    Thanks!! 🙂

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