Research projects participating in Culture Night

Friday 21 September was Culture Night in Cork, and many venues opened their doors for the evening to show their activities.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) in UCC was also open. Some 450 visitors were able to get close to hedgehogs, shark jaws, lava, amazing plants and fossils. Many students explained the research project they are working on.

The display of the AQUASUS project in the glass houses explained how duckweed can be used to treat wastewater from fish farms, after which it can be used as animal feed.

Explaining the circular system of purifying wastewater using duckweed

Indoors the project on the Impacts of Microplastics in Irish Freshwater (IMP) explained the problem of small pieces of plastic. Many people know about plastic in our oceans, but it causes problems in our rivers as well.

Display of the IMP project on the Impacts of Microplastics in Irish Freshwater

Aquatic Toxicology paper for Xiaolin Chen

Dr. Xiaolin Chen has a first paper on her PhD research in plant toxicology accepted for publication in the journal “Aquatic Toxicology”. The title of Xiaolin’s paper is “The toxicity of Zinc-Oxide nanoparticles to Lemna minor (L.) is predominantly caused by dissolved Zinc”.

Dr. Xiaolin Chen published a paper on plant toxicology

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