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Soil Science for Smart Girls

By October 7, 2014General News, Photos

Last week, my friend MaryAnne sent me a link to an amazingly awesome article about three 16-year-old girls winning Google’s global science competition with a breakthrough project on improving crop germination and yield using naturally occurring soil bacteria.  The intelligence, collaboration, and tenacity of these three young scientists is truly inspiring.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332621/-Three-16-year-old-girls-win-Google-s-global-science-competition-with-breakthrough-project

Three weeks earlier, while pulling spent pea plants from my home garden, I found the “same” nodules attached to the pea roots, and took several photos.  Ok, were my nodules actually the same Rhizobium strains of the Diazotroph bacteria family?  Unknown.  But did I have shoulder-high pea plants with an abundance of tasty pods throughout the season?  You bet!

Remember:

“Feed the soil, not the plants.”

“Feed the soil, Feed the world.”

“Real farmers grow soil, not crops”