Congrats to Darragh and Neil at the Young Scientist

Congratulations to Darragh Twomey, Aubane, and Neil O’Leary, Prohus, who were runners-up in the Group Category of the BT Young Scientist Competition at the RDS in Dublin, also getting the special prize from Teagasc. They discovered that the common natural bacteria found in plants, Pseudomonas Fluorescens, could be used to markedly increase the yield of certain barley crops. Both are students at Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk.

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The overall runner-up group prize was collected by 16-year-olds, Darragh Twomey, Andrew Heffernan and Neil O’Leary from Coláiste Treasa in Kanturk in Cork.

For their project ‘Feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050. The effects of Pseudomonas Fluorescens L321 on enhancing barley crop yield’, they discovered that the common natural bacteria found in plants, Pseudomonas Fluorescens, could be used to markedly increase the yield of certain barley crops.

This, they predict, could make it a low cost easy method of increasing food production in parts of the world where there is food poverty. [RTÉ News]

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Neily O’Leary and Darragh Twomey

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