Glenbard East students complete yearlong research with Argonne

  • Glenbard East High School students Katie Tonielli, Preaksha Garg, Grace Tu, Era Srivastava, Christine Solch and Grace Chambers have completed a poster summary of their year-long research into the effects of growing Lupines with Chinese mustard.  The research team began their journey last September with background research and an application to use the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

    Glenbard East High School students Katie Tonielli, Preaksha Garg, Grace Tu, Era Srivastava, Christine Solch and Grace Chambers have completed a poster summary of their year-long research into the effects of growing Lupines with Chinese mustard. The research team began their journey last September with background research and an application to use the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Courtesy of Glenbard District 87

 
By Peg Mannion
Glenbard District 87
Updated 5/11/2020 11:31 PM

Glenbard East High School students Katie Tonielli, Preaksha Garg, Grace Tu, Era Srivastava, Christine Solch and Grace Chambers have persevered through these challenging times and have completed a poster summary of their yearlong research into the effects of growing lupines with Chinese mustard.

It is hypothesized that the known metal hyperaccumulator, Chinese mustard, would be able to sequester more metals in its tissues as a result of this "cocropping".

 

The research team began their journey last September with background research and an application to use the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory to evaluate where and how much metal was deposited in test plants grown at Glenbard East.

After being awarded beamtime, they grew and monitored plant treatment sets; used a cryomicrotome at Leica Biosystems to section samples; imaged metal abundance and placement using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence; evaluated data and determined conclusions based on that data evidence.

On May 20, they will participate in a virtual poster session hosted by Argonne scientists.

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