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Cleaning Up Oil Spills With Oil-Hungry Bacteria (Lab Investigation)


Watch oil degradation performed by microbes!

Students set up a simulated oil spill in water, then treat it with a freeze-dried oil-degrading bacteria mixture. By observing physical changes over time, they can assess the effectiveness of the microbes in remediating the waste. Additionally, they simulate three spill scenarios on beach sand, gravel and cobbles in order to monitor the difference in degradation rates. The class also explores bioremediation methods for other waste chemicals and compares their effectiveness with that of traditional clean-up methods.

Lab Kit for 40 students.

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