INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, April 12, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Talie Cloud, a member of the Sanger FFA Chapter in Sanger, Calif., is being celebrated this week at a White House event for students who excel in science.
Cloud, 15, was invited to participate in the sixth annual White House Science Fair. It will be the last science fair under President Barack Obama's administration and will be held on Wed., April 13. The science fair celebrates the accomplishments of student winners in a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the United States.
Cloud won first place in the category of Animal Systems at the 2015 National FFA Agriscience Fair, an annual competition sponsored by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation during the National FFA Convention & Expo. The fair features the research and results of FFA members who plan on pursuing careers in the science and technology of agriculture. This accomplishment earned her the special White House invite.
Her project explored the effects of Momordica charantia, or bitter melon seed, on the reproductive rate of Drosophila melanogaster after four generations of exposure. The purpose of the project was to determine whether the bitter melon seed could be used as a potential organic insecticide.
Her findings determined that with more investigation on the chemical makeup, ideal concentration mixture, environmental impact and application method, Momordica charantia would be a cost-efficient and effective agricultural insecticide that acts upon the reproduction of the pest, rather than the mortality rate.
The Wednesday event will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
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