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Busselton student Chloe Rogers is investigating how flowers could provide the solution to the Lower Vasse River’s algae problem.

The 15-year-old is off to China in March to present the project to the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition.

Chloe was one of six students from Busselton Senior High School and St Mary MacKillop College who competed for the top prize of the Beijing Bound STEM competition.

The Science Technology Engineering and Maths competition is run by Scitech and Rio Tinto.

Earlier this year, St Mary MacKillop College student Shona Kiely was awarded a gold medal for her project at the BYSCC, and Chloe said she was looking forward to speaking with Shona to replicate her success.

“I live in this area and I know how much impact algae has on the Lower Vasse River and I wanted to try and implement a way it could be reduced without human interference,” she said.

“I found the Mexican Water Lily did in fact absorb nutrients from the waterways, which would lead to less algae and I’d recommend more research into native species as the Mexican Water Lily is invasive.”

Scitech STEM Careers co-ordinator Erin Kelly said judges were impressed with the quality of Chloe’s research, which considered the effects of both exotic and native plant species.

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