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Winning ideas from Australian students

By Jasmine, 25 March 2016 Activity

A video screenshot of someone with a cow.

Jade researched how cows spread plant seeds.

The winners of this year’s BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards have been announced. These students are among Australia’s best and brightest young scientists.

From green energy generation to a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, all of the winning projects address critical real-world challenges.

Jade Moxey has won an award for her project on ‘The spread of seeds through cattle’. She investigated which seeds were capable of growing after passing through a cow’s digestive system, and whether they might contribute to weed problems on farms.

Jade collected cow pats from the Bega Saleyards in NSW. From the dung she grew 1557 plants from 19 different species.

This research has sparked a lot of interest. Scientists have already been in touch with Jade requesting the results of her project!

Jade’s project is just one of many potentially world-changing entries. You can explore all of the top projects, including Hannah Sutton’s Alzheimer’s research and Macinley Butson’s solar collectors, on the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards website.

Are you a student passionate about science? If you think you’ve got what it takes, visit the website for details on how to enter next year’s competition.

Find out more about Jade’s project

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