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Division III: Researching Trace Metals in Rice

Submitted by on July 10, 2013 – 10:01 amNo Comment

priyanka-webHow can you tell if the food you’re eating is as healthy as it appears?

For her Division III project, Priyanka Basnet 09F examined that question on a tissue level. Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (often shortened to the acronym LA-ICP-MS) at Hampshire’s Cole Science Center, Basnet’s research determined which trace metals were contaminating specimens of rice, as well as where in the rice the contaminants were located.

“Making a visual map of where the distribution is of these trace metals at tissue level hasn’t been done before,” said Basnet, who began working on the project as an intern with her Div III chair, chemistry professor Dula Amarasiriwardena.