Sophie Healy-Thow, Ciara Judge and Émer Hickey won the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in January 2013, with their project titled 'A Statistical Investigation of the Effects of Diazotroph Bacteria on Plant Germination.' The girls used a natural bacteria called Rhizobium to speed up the germination and subsequent growth of cereal crops. They succeeded in decreasing germination time by 40% and increasing crop yield by 20% with some results exceeding 50%. Their discovery has significant implications for food crop production. They travelled to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in September 2013 where they were awarded First Place. They have had the opportunity to visit various conferences around the country and will also be travelling to Oxford and Cambridge Universities as part of London Youth International Science Forum. Later in the year they travel to Paris and are visiting CERN in Switzerland.
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