MLA Pat Pimm speaks in legislature about international science fair winner Victoria Platzer

first_img“Invasive plants are the worst nightmare for our farming community,” MLA Pimm said. “Unfortunately, I have to report they’re alive and well in the Peace country. That is what Victoria Platzer found. Victoria Platzer, a Grade 9 student from Bert Bowes Junior Secondary in Fort St. John, recently won the B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom award.”Pimm adds, “If that wasn’t good enough, she went on to win the gold medal in the environmental and sciences category at the world-renowned Taiwan International Science Fair. The Taiwan International Science Fair selects students based on their science fair project work, their communication skills and their ambassadorial quality.”Her award winning project, called Hay Aliens, examined how prevalent invasive plant species are in hay.- Advertisement -Victoria sifted through hay from 22 farms across the North Peace. From her sifting she got 5,568 potential seeds that she took pictures of and planted. The results of the experiment showed that 628 of her potential seeds were invasive plant species, which harm plants and animals.“I am extremely proud of how Victoria represented both B.C. and Canada on the international level,” Pimm said. “If I do not say so myself, she did an amazing job, and we will see more from her in the future. Her great work is proof that we must continue our battle against invasive plants, better known as invasive weeds.”last_img

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