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November 4, 2002

Purdue research exhibit to be featured at Indiana State Museum

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Beginning Thursday (11/7), visitors to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis can learn more about how Purdue University researchers are using plants to help clean up the environment.

Phytoremediation, or using plants to clean up pollutants, is the work of David Salt, associate professor of plant molecular physiology in the School of Agriculture, and Kathy Banks, professor of civil engineering. Their research efforts will be featured as part of an updated innovations exhibit located in the Tomorrow's Indiana Gallery. The interactive exhibit will be at the museum through April.

Purdue's research teams are using plants to clean up petroleum spills and pull metal contamination out of the ground. The informal science education exhibit includes information panels, a computer touch screen and other scientific tools.

The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington St. in White River State Park. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and $4 for children ages 3 through 12. Discount rates apply to preplanned groups of 10 or more.

The researcher's portion of the exhibit was constructed by Purdue's Agricultural Communications Department.

CONTACT: Beth Forbes, agricultural news coordinator, (765) 494-2722; Jessica DiSanto, Indiana State Museum, (317) 232-1639.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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