You are here: Home News Irish Scientists on TIME Magazine's Most Influential Teenagers List.

Irish Scientists on TIME Magazine's Most Influential Teenagers List.

A trio of talented Cork youths have been appeared on TIME's Most influential teenagers list for their research into a bacteria which channels nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil.

Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow's research on the bacteria Diazotroph has earned them a lot of well deserved esteem. Beginning with a grand prize at the BT Young Scientist 2013 in Dublin and went on to win the European Union Contest for Young Scientists and finally the Google Science Fair in San Francisco. This string of remarkable successes has earned them with a position on TIME magazine's list of most influential teenagers alongside recent Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and singer-songwriter Lorde.

Their incredibly thorough research focused on a broad examination of the nitrogen fixing bacteria Diazotroph. These bacteria can be used to rapidly accelerate the growth of some plants, effectively by directly fertilizing them. It touched on topics as diverse as it's effect on germination rates and how best to commercialise the benefits of what they found. Collecting 120,000 readings on over 10,000 seeds, their commitment and rigor is truly something to admire. All this data was primarily analysed statistically, showing that maths is just as important in biology as it is in physics or engineering.

They produced a video about their experiment and the work that it involved, which you can fine here. It's well worth a look.