Scientific journeys are ignited by a sense of curiosity and wonderment about the world. Two young researchers from Australia and Brazil followed a trail of questions about the future of agriculture and food production to arrive at innovative research. Their scientific journeys brought them to Lexington, Ky., where today they received the titles of Alltech Young Scientists at the 29th Alltech International Symposium.
Undergraduate student Amanda Pesqueira, a native of Brazil attending the University of Kentucky, and graduate student Nimesha Fernando of the University of Melbourne, Australia, were selected as the top crop from a field of more than 8,000 global registrants in the competition. Pesqueira presented research examining compounds for fescue toxicosis syndrome in cows through an advanced testing method. Fernando is a graduate student studying the effect higher levels of CO2 have on grain production. The undergraduate and graduate winners received $5,000 and $10,000 respectively to support future journeys in scientific discovery.
Congratulations to Nimesha and Amanda!