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Cranberry jelly research gets 16-year-old published in scientific journal


A 16-year-old from northern B.C. is having his research published in a scientific journal today.

Kiri Daust lives in Telkwa, near Smithers. His research into cranberries is being released in the Canadian Field Naturalist today.

Daust's work started when he was helping his mom make cranberry jelly.

"We always pick highbush cranberries every year, and I've been around these plants since I was three years old," he told CBC. "Then all of a sudden all these plants were covered in these darks spots and I thought that was very odd because I'd never noticed them before."

Daust took samples of the plants and sent them to a fungal expert. He then started mapping out incidents of the disease and found there was a correlation to climate.

His research could have implications on climate change, local ecosystems.. and his mom's jelly.

Listen to the full interview with Kiri Daust below:

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