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Soybean Science Challenge 2020

Alyssa Butler – Soybean Science Challenge Winner Virtual FFA Arkansas State Agriscience Fair

Carlisle School

Alyssa Butler, Carlisle High School, Carlisle, AR Mentor: Carly Bokker Category: Plant Sciences Project Title: Greenhouse Comparison of Genetically Similar Soybean Varieties and Resistance to the Southern Root-Knot Nematode   Abstract: The southern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) is one of the most important yield-limiting plant-parasitic nematodes that affect soybeans (Glycine max) in Arkansas. One of the…

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Tori Mattmiller – Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair Winner Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

Emerson High School

Tori Mattmiller, Emerson High School, Emerson, AR Mentor: Connie Orsak Category: Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Sciences Project Title: The Effect of Acid Rain on Soybean Root Modules   Abstract: Farmers have started using rhizobia bacteria-based inoculants to fertilize their soybeans. The rhizobia bacteria create a symbiosis relationship with the legume causing root nodules on the…

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Natalie Blake – Virtual Southeast Regional Arkansas Winner

Star City High School

Natalie Blake, Star City High School, Star City Mentor: Shannon Blake Category: Plant Sciences Project Title: Induced Leaching of High Sodium Water out of Root Uptake Zone of Glycine Max by Ionization   Abstract: Research Question: The research question for this project is ‘How will the electromagnets ionization of salt water affect the depth of saline in the…

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Joshua Bryant – ASMSA Winner & West Central Region Science Fair Winner


Joshua Bryant, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Mentor: Shane Thompson Category: Material Sciences Project Title: Building the Future, Soybean Waste Construction Material   Abstract: A soybean hull is the thin outer layer of a soybean. Soybean hulls are a by-product of soybean processing facilities. The soybean hulls have limited uses and are…

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Caleb Ryan – Virtual Northwest Arkansas Regional Science & Engineering Fair Winner University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Providence Academy

Caleb Ryan, Providence Classical Christian Academy, Rogers, AR Mentor: Jennifer Main Category: Plant Sciences Project Title: Enhancing Soybean Growth through the Use of Magnetic Fields Abstract: As the world’s population continues to grow, it is important for the agriculture industry to discover ways to keep up with this growth. This project explores how magnetic fields enhance…

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