Young Scientists at Pearl City High Study Alternatives to Chemical Fertilizers

Christianne Izumigawa and Lennie Alinsunurin making vermicast tea at PCHS Library.

Christianne Izumigawa and Lennie Alinsunurin making vermicast tea at PCHS Library.

Is vermicast a viable alternative to chemical fertilizers for turf grass growth and development? This is what two Pearl City High School (PCHS) Senior Project students are researching, along with two PCHS 11th graders interested in science as a career. The students are Layla Fidel, Lennie Alinsunurin, Christianne Izumigawa, and Marissa Kuwabara. They are working under the guidance of Dr. Theodore Radovich from the UH Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science, and Mindy Jaffe, owner of Waikiki Worm Company at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center. Eight different species of turf grass in 3’ by 10’ plots are being tested.
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