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Zent qualifies for International Science & Education Competition

Monica Zent, a senior at Dickinson High School, recently qualified to compete in the International Science and Education Fair May 15-19 in Los Angeles, CA with a project related to collaborative research conducted at the DREC (Dickinson Research and Extension Center).  Zent’s project is titled “Effects of North Dakota Road Dust on A.Thaliana: An Assay of Chlorophyll and Ascorbate Peroxidase.”  As part of her project, she referenced "Quantification of Road Dust and its Effect on Soil"; collaborative research conducted at the Manning Ranch, north of the DREC Main Station in Dickinson, ND. 

In her project, Zent measured chlorophyll content and ascorbate peroxidase activity in plants that were exposed to road dust from a scoria road. She used road dust composition reported in the DREC research to determine which components of the dust would cause chlorophyll content and ascorbate peroxidase activity in plants to change.  Zent mention that; “The Extension Research helped me develop my hypothesis and gave me recent data on dust composition specific to ND.”  Zent plans to pursue a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at NDSU (North Dakota State University) in Fargo next fall.

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