Mikael enjoys playing the violin and piano. He also swims and plays soccer and tennis. His future career aspiration? "I haven't really considered seriously pursuing a career at the age of 11," Mikael says.
Combing the Internet, Mikael found several articles on the separate effects of carbon dioxide and ozone on plant growth. However, he didn't find any research investigating the effects of these two factors together. He hypothesized that ozone would negate any benefits of carbon dioxide enrichment in plants.
Mikael grew bush bean plants in six plastic containers. He exposed three of the plants to various combinations of carbon dioxide and ozone together. The remaining plants were exposed to various amounts of carbon dioxide alone. Mikael kept track of each plant's height and physical appearance. He found that ozone had a negative effect on plant growth and health, even in plants enriched with carbon dioxide.