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Downers Grove North High School ESRP 2014

Lead Concentration and Placement in Terminal Root Sections of Brassica juncea


  • Students:
    • Adrian Badaracco
    • Nicholas Bonanno
    • Elizabeth Evans
    • Justine Hung
    • Mantas Kisielius
    • Clare Lohrmann
    • Emma McDonnell
    • Grace Novacek
  • Teachers:
    • Keith Dvorkin
  • Mentors:
    • Lydia Finney (Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source, X-ray Science Division)
    • Evan Maxey (Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source, X-ray Science Division)
    • Bryant Scharenbroch (Morton Arboretum, Urban Soil Scientist)

Advanced Photon Source Sector 8: Microscopy

The roots of Brassica juncea grown in artificially stimulated Pb concentrated environments will be studied for the placement and concentration of Pb in cross sections of its terminal roots in order to further knowledge of this plant’s capacity of phytoremediation and to determine its potential for use in cleansing contaminated urban soils. Research will be carried out in conjunction with Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch at the Morton Arboretum and this collaboration will provide insight into the behavior of Brassica juncea in removing Pb from the soil in conjunction with a larger experiment being run by the Morton Arboretum.

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