EPA Special Award at BT Young Scientist

Date released: Jan 21 2010

Congratulations to Cian Rynne who won the EPA Special Award for Best Environmental project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition on 15th January 2010. 

Cian’s project, “Aesculus hippocastanum: Terminal bud locations in the Horse Chestnut and the effects of weather patterns”, was an entry in the Junior Section of the Biological & Ecological Sciences category.  He is a student at Pobail Scoil Naomh Coilm Cille, Scholarstown Rd, Knocklyon, Dublin 16.  Cian’s project also clinched a top category award.

Cian investigated the effects of weather patterns on the growth of Horse Chestnut trees.  He measured the terminal buds of horse chestnut trees in various locations in Louth, Dublin and Wicklow.  He then compared his measurements to weather data for the last ten years. Cian found that the growth of the Horse Chestnut trees he measured was linked to rainfall; the higher the rainfall recorded for a particular year, the more it had grown.

Note to Editor:

The EPA has sponsored a Special Award for the best environmental project each year for the last 11 years at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.  It is awarded to the project that best demonstrate a contribution to the protection and improvement of the natural environment, for present and future generations.

For further information on the project please contact BT:

Gill Madden

Phone: 01 6593100
Mobile: 086 230 9070
email:  gill.madden@fleishmaneurope.com

ENDS

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)