CSEF Project Listings: 2018
Plant Biology

Senior Division

S1901 — Honorable Mention
Chloe Brandon, Grade 9
Carbon Dioxide Uptake in California Native vs. Non-Native Plants
Advisor: Dr. Karen Jain
School: Pasadena High School, Pasadena, Los Angeles County
Ishaan S. Brar, Grade 9
Effect of X-ray, Ultraviolet, and Microwave Radiation on the Seed Germination and Growth of Phaseolus vulgaris
Advisor: Dr. Harjeet Brar
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
David G. Campos, Grade 10
Camryn J. Macias, Grade 10
Michael A. Paz, Grade 10
The Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on Radishes
Advisor: Mrs. Susan Valle
School: St. Bonaventure High School, Ventura, Ventura County
S1904 — Honorable Mention
Anthony J. Castillo, Grade 11
The Effect of Plant-Derived Aerosol Smoke Priming on Gene Expression and Seedling Vigor of Traditional Yemeni Watermelon
Advisor: Mrs. Michele Dolphin
School: St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, Los Angeles County
Sofia F. Contreras, Grade 11
Jayna Landeros, Grade 11
Gisele M. Ortega, Grade 11
Effects of Artificial Light on Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme
Advisor: Mrs. Susan Valle
School: St. Bonaventure High School, Ventura, Ventura County
Mariah G. Cox, Grade 11
A Plentiful and Inexpensive Fertilizer Alternative: Human Urine
Advisor: Ms. Lorre Stange
School: Laytonville High School, Laytonville, Mendocino County
S1907 — Fourth Place
Alex R. Desbans, Grade 11
The Effects of Chicken Manure and Miracle-Gro Fertilizer on the Speed of Development of Pea Plants
Advisor: Dr. Todd Haney
School: Sage Hill High School, Newport Coast, Orange County
S1908 — First Place
Anita Garg, Grade 12
The Role of Physiological Traits in the Restoration of the Coastal Sage Scrub Community
Advisor: Mr. Tim Smay
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Francis Geng, Grade 10
Prolong Life of Roses: Cut Stem into Different Angles
Advisor: Ms. Kim Kiest
School: York School, Monterey, Monterey County
Sagar Gupta, Grade 10
The Effect of Mutating Cellobiose Transporters on Thaxtomin Production in the Plant Pathogen Streptomyces scabies
Advisor: Dr. Isolde Francis
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Desiree Ho, Grade 11
Synergistic Combinations of Mutualistic Epiphytes as Biocontrol Agents against Pseudomonas syringae
Advisor: Ms. Renee Koutsoukis
School: Irvington High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Gavin C. Joyce, Grade 10
Surviving Drought IV: More for Less
Advisor: Ms. Kathleen Sainato
School: Corona Senior High School, Corona, Riverside County
Anne K. Miyadi, Grade 9
The Effectiveness of Agriculture Systems Comparing Traditional, Hydroponics, and Aquaponics on the Growth of Allium cepa
Advisor: Mrs. Jamie Sodorff
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
S1914 — Second Place
Wynn Phaychanpheng, Grade 9
Audrey T. Sogata, Grade 9
The Effects of Abscisic Acid on Growth of Unstressed and Stressed Brassica rapa
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Chino Hills High School, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County
S1915 — Honorable Mention
Alina V. Pollner, Grade 10
Novel Strategy to Increase Fruit Production via CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S1916 — Third Place
Emily Tianshi, Grade 9
A Novel Water Source: Biomimicry Study of Torrey Pine Needles for Moisture Harvesting (A Second Year Study)
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Gingrich
School: Cambridge School (The), San Diego, San Diego County

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