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Rotten But Not Forgotten




Genre: Educational

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, St. Louis, Missouri, Ackerman, Mississippi

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2003-09-24

Duration: 00:18:56

Subjects: Microorganisms | Educational films | Science | Environment


  • Grandy, Greg Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Azene, Hendekea Speaker
  • Aguilar, Priscilla Speaker
  • Bergeron, Beau Speaker
  • Perry, Quinesha Interviewee
  • Portier, Ralph Interviewee
  • Fox, Lee Interviewee
  • Chow, Benson Interviewee
  • Manhein, Mary Interviewee


In this episode of the series “Enviro-Tacklebox” from September 24, 2003, host Greg Grandy and the student reporters explore the decomposition of organisms in nature. Grandy visits and interviews: Quinesha Perry, a microbiologist, who discusses the decomposition process; Dr. Ralph Portier, an environmental scientist at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, who discusses his work in creating microbes that can clean up oil spills; Lee Fox, an environmental quality specialist at the Organic Resource Management Center in St. Louis, Missouri, who discusses the work of his composting facility; Benson Chow, an environmental specialist at the Red Hills Mine in Ackerman, Mississippi, who discusses the formation of coal and their mining of lignite; and Mary Manhein, a forensic anthropologist at the LSU FACES Lab in Baton Rouge, who discusses how she uses the science of decomposition to help solve crimes.