This is a big week for former Allen Consolidated School student Coleman Kneifl. He graduated from high school last week and on Sunday he flew to Pittsburg to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Kneifl earned his spot in the fair by winning local and state competitions. His project involves reducing the growth of Goss’s Wilt bacterium in corn.
Kneifl says, “Right now there is no proven cure for farmers that works every time and has a good return on investment. So what I looked at is how the microorganisms in a cattle manure sample affect the growth of this Goss’s Wilt bacterium to see if maybe that could be an avenue of prevention down the road. In a lab setting these manure microbes did reduce the Goss’s Wilt. Maybe this would be something to look at in a field later on.”
Kneifl presented his project to judges yesterday and will find out the results either tonight or tomorrow.
The competition is stiff. Approximately 1,700 students from more than 75 countries are taking part in this fair. There is $4-million in awards and scholarships up for grabs with the top prize at 75-thousand dollars. There are also representatives from companies that may be interested in purchasing some of the projects that are on display.
Kneifl plans to study agronomy in college this fall.