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Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-02-08

Duration: 00:05:45

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Scientific research | Environment | MARDI GRAS | Beads


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Kato, Naohiro Interviewee
  • Maddox, Nelson Interviewee


This segment from the February 8, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on LSU researchers’ efforts to create biodegradable Mardi Gras beads. He interviews Dr. Naohiro Kato, LSU molecular biologist, who discusses the process for creating the beads using algae, the next steps for the project, and the other uses of algae, including the creation of nutritional supplements. Moreau also interviews Nelson Maddox, the owner of Parties Start Here in Baton Rouge.