Posted 5 July 2004You say potato, I say ….potato nematodes?? Well, that’s what pupils at Dothill Junior School say now they are mini-experts on potato diseases, thanks to Harper Adams University College.
He added: “The children’s experiment reflects the situation faced by many commercial potato growers in Shropshire, and throughout the UK, who have an ongoing problem with potato cyst nematodes in their crops, costing millions of pounds each year.”
“The children have enjoyed the experience of growing potatoes and learning about nematodes. Each week plants have been measured, weighed and the results recorded on spreadsheets,” says Mr Peter Bridger, Head of Science at Dothill. Class teachers Mrs Linda Brench, Debbie Taylor and Biddy Haydock are looking forward to pupils presenting their work to parents at an open afternoon this Wednesday, July 7.
The joint venture between Dothill Junior School and Harper Adams University College is funded by a £2500 grant from the Royal Society as part of its Partnership Grant programme to allow teachers and school children to work on projects with practising scientists.