CSSF Project Listings: 2013
Plant Biology

Senior Division

Amanda G. Arst, Grade 10
Phytoextraction of Zinc and Sodium from Contaminated Soil Using Hyperaccumulator Plants Corn, Broccoli and Kale (Year 2)
Advisor: Mr. Stephen Schaffter
School: Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, Van Nuys, Los Angeles County
S1902 — Honorable Mention
Edward N. Banuelos, Grade 12
Benjamin D. Wright, Grade 12
A Fishy Situation: A Study to Test the Efficiency of Aquaponics Farming Meathods
Advisor: Mr. Mark Grubb
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
Zac Barram, Grade 11
Joyce Wilson, Grade 11
Germination Differences in Lettuce Seed Associated with Modifying Full Spectrum Light with Red, Green, and Blue Filters
Advisor: Ms. Nancy Markson
School: Forest Charter School, Nevada City, Nevada County
Sabrina C. Belen, Grade 11
Brandon S. Snyder, Grade 11
Volcanic Ash: The Beginning or the End? The Study of Volcanic Ash and Its Effects on Plant Germination
Advisor: Mrs. Debbie Lewis
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
Alyssa M. Buter, Grade 12
Karina M. Dauven, Grade 12
Plant Protein: Blue Light vs. Sunlight
Advisor: Mrs. Aulikki Flagan
School: Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra, Los Angeles County
S1906 — Honorable Mention
Kevin Y. Chen, Grade 11
Amit Patel, Grade 11
Anfal S. Siddiqui, Grade 11
Contribution of Core Type III Xop Effector Proteins in Bacterial Spot Disease
Advisor: Dr. Mary Beth Mdugett, Dr. Mary Beth Mudgett
School: Irvington High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Kevin Chiv, Grade 11
Andre Poon, Grade 12
Antimicrobial Chemicals in Plant: Identifying the Chemicals that Contribute to Oxalis Pes-caprae's Resistance to E. coli
Advisor: Mr. Stephen Mok, Mr. Thoms Velekei
School: Gabrielino High School, San Gabriel, Los Angeles County
Jillian A. Drake, Grade 12
Chromosomally Integrated Bacteriophage in Candidatus liberibacter Bacteria & Its Effect on Plant Disease Expression Yr2
Advisor: Dr. Manjunath Keremane
School: Fallbrook Union High School, Fallbrook, San Diego County
Brian S. Elder, Grade 11
The Effects of Hypergravity on the Germination and Development of Brassica rapa
Advisor: Mr. Connor Snow
School: Nea Community Learning Center, Alameda, Alameda County
Ai Enkoji, Grade 11
Mold As a Potential Biological Control for Wisteria
Advisor: Mrs. Rebecca Avants
School: Clovis West High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Brandon T. Fong, Grade 9
J. Austin Raymundo, Grade 9
Which Plant, Organic or Genetically Modified, Is the Most Economical for California Farmers?
Advisor: Mrs. Megan Christensen
School: Gabrielino High School, San Gabriel, Los Angeles County
Anthony W. Glum, Grade 11
Rene Gonzalez, Grade 11
Daniel I. Ortiz, Grade 10
The Effects of Eucalyptus globulus Trees on Native Plants
Advisor: <none acknowledged>, Mr. Brown, Mr. Donald Brown
School: Watsonville High School, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County
S1913 — Honorable Mention
Shivani Gupta, Grade 9
It's Getting Toxic Here!
Advisor: Mrs. Crystal Neptune
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Garron W. Ireton, Grade 9
Can Mesquite Compete? A Study Regarding the Potential of Mesquite Beans as California's Newest Biofuel Stock
Advisor: Mrs. Debbie Lewis
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
S1915 — Honorable Mention
Weston C. Isheim, Grade 11
Jackson R. McClain, Grade 11
Zachary S. Vavra, Grade 11
The Paradoxical Parasite
Advisor: Mrs. Bethany Dixon
School: Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin, Placer County
Brianna L. Magallanes, Grade 11
Glowing Green: The Effects of Acidification on Egeria densa's Chlorophyll B Levels
Advisor: Mrs. Aulikki Flagan
School: Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra, Los Angeles County
Anna (Missing) Maxwell, Grade
Adela C.C. Weigel, Grade 11
Sudden Oak Death: The Spread and Its Correlation to Abiotic Factors
Advisor: Mr. Michael Loik
School: San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, Santa Cruz County
Joseph A. Nora, Grade 10
Effects of ABA on the Inhibition of IAA in Thigmotropic Reactions and Resistance toward Weather on Pisum sativum
Advisor: Mr. Paul Hunt
School: Villa Park High School, Villa Park, Orange County
Roshini N. Ravi, Grade 9
The Effects of Recycled Water on the Native Plant Species: Festuca arundinacea and Lolium perenne
Advisor: Ms. Julie Finzel
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Manisha K. Sajnani, Grade 11
The Mysterious Benefits of Rice Solutions
Advisor: Mrs. Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz
School: Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
S1922 — Second Place
Ivonnie A. Shih, Grade 12
The Effects of Ethephon, Its Decomposition Products, pH, and Calcium on Berry Cracking in Flame Seedless Grapes
Advisor: Ms. Yan Zhuang
School: Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, Alameda County
S1923 — First Place
Hannah B. Spinner, Grade 11
Do Plants Talk? The Effects of Mycorrhizal Networks on Defense Signaling in Corn
Advisor: Ms. Cathy Messenger
School: Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County
S1924 — Fourth Place
Emma M. Sydir, Grade 11
The Effect of Light Exposure on Circumnutation Size
Advisor: Mrs. Anuradha Sarkar
School: Leland High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S1925 — Honorable Mention
Jonathan E. Tynan, Grade 11
Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio in Plants
Advisor: Ms. Ellyn Daugherty
School: San Mateo High School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
Lisa A. Yanuaria, Grade 11
Vitamins as Antioxidants
Advisor: Mrs. Glendy Ramirez-De La Cruz
School: Bravo (Francisco) Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Brittany R. Salyers, Grade 12
The Effect of Flavonoids on the Growth and Inhibition of the Tobacco Mosaic Virus
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Guadalupe Melgarejo, Grade 10
Eucalyptol: A Plant's Worst Nightmare?
Advisor: Mr. Kevin Callaway
School: Hueneme High School, Oxnard, Ventura County
S1997 — Third Place
Aradhana Sinha, Grade 12
Kapil Sinha, Grade 9
Evaluating Peronospora Presence in Salinas Valley & Analyzing DNA Similarity in Downy Mildew Pathogens Affecting Spinach
Advisor: Dr. Steve Klosterman
School: Salinas High School, Salinas, Monterey County
Shivali P. Gowda, Grade 11
Preeanka K. Mazumder, Grade 11
Difficulties of Farming in Alkaline Soils: Absorption of Iron in Spinach Grown in the Presence of Marble
Advisor: Mrs. Michele Hampton
School: King (Martin Luther, Jr.) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Sabrina L. Houston, Grade 11
Solving Salt Stress: Chemical Genomics with an Agricultural Implication
Advisor: Mrs. Colleen Lum
School: Centennial High School, Corona, Riverside County

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