This year’s Google Science Fair winners were 3 girls from Ireland. Their grand prize winning project examined whether a naturally occurring bacteria could make some crops more productive and increase food yields.
Emer Hickey, one of the girls involved in the project, described the simple concept. Many seeds rot in the soil prior to germination. Ms. Hickey and her classmates tested whether a bacteria could reduce rotting and lead to increased food production.
The girls spent 11 months experimenting and tested over 10,000 different seeds. The girls found when the seeds were treated with the bacteria, it resulted in a 50% increase in germination, which in turn resulted in a 74% increase in dry food production.
As grand prize winners, the girls will receive a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a grant for their school, and an expedition to the Galapagos Islands.
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