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EFFECT OF

RADIATION
ON SEED
GERMINATION

Kyle Young
Lake Shore High School

Types of Radiation

Alpha

Beta

Gamma

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About the Types

Alpha- Heavy, very short-range particle

Beta- Light, short-range particle

Gamma- Highly penetrating


electromagnetic radiation.

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Sun Radiation

Sun gives off all three types

Microwave creates a solid replica

Microwave gives off similar radiation

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Materials

Microwave

Bean Seeds

Sandwich
Bags

Napkins

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Factor Levels

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Why the water values ?

Research

Not too much or too little

Past experiments

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Why the Radiation Values?

Research

Wouldnt let other factors step in

Not too much or too little

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Hypothesis
As the time of exposure to radiation increases, the
seeds will take more days to germinate. There is a
possibility that the radiation may cause such a negative
effect that the seed may never actually germinate. Also,
as the amount of water the seed receives increases,
the numbers of days the seed takes to germinate will
decrease

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Procedure

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Total Data

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Effect of Radiation

Average: 1.4

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Effect of Water

Average: 0.77

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Interaction Effect

Interaction Effect: -0.2

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Data Analysis

As radiation increased, so did the number


of days until germination
As water increased, the number of days
until germination decreased
(+, -) High water, low radiation was
quickest
(-,+) resulted in longest germination

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What happened?
Radiation may have stunned seed growth
If seed does not overcome stun, may
never grow
If seed germinates, once plant is grown
the stomata can close due to radiation
Damaged cells

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Conclusion

The hypothesis that as the time of


exposure to radiation increases, the
seeds will take more days to germinate.
Also, as the amount of water the seed
receives increases, the numbers of days
the seed takes to germinate will decrease
was..

Accepted
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Benefits

Farmers

Anyone germinating seeds

Knowledge of radiations effect

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Human Errors

Lack of water on two seeds

Not being able to check overnight

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Further Research

Other types of radiation

Further explore the radiation from X rays

Better replicate the sun in different ways

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Works Cited

"Seed Germination and Radiation."Uga.edu. University of Georgia. Web. 15


Mar. 2012. http://apps.caes.uga.edu/sbof/main/lessonPlan/seedGermRadiation

Busby, Bruce. "Radiation Effects Biological Effects of Radiation."Effects on


Seeds. Bruce Busby, 27 Aug. 2011. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
<http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q1280.html>.

Friesen, Heather. "Effects of Radiation on the Germination and Growth of


Seeds."Enviroliteracy. Heather Friesen. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
<http://www.enviroliteracy.org/pdf/labrad1>.

Glenn, Steve. "Effects of Radiation on Plant Growth & Development."EHow.


Demand Media, 13 Oct. 2009. Web. 12 Mar. 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/howdoes_5525557_effects-radiation-plant-growth-development.html>.

Ascenzi, Robert. "How Does Radiation Affect Seed Growth?"MadSciNet: The


24-hour Exploding Laboratory.Robert Ascenzi, 11 Feb. 1998. Web. 12 Mar.
2012. <http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/1998-02/887298592.Ag.r.html>.

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Works Cited

Friesen, Heather. "Effects of Radiation on the Germination and Growth of


Seeds."Enviroliteracy. Heather Friesen. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
<http://www.enviroliteracy.org/pdf/labrad1>.

Glenn, Steve. "Effects of Radiation on Plant Growth &


Development."EHow.
Demand Media, 13 Oct. 2009. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
<http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5525557_effects-radiation-plantgrowth-development.html>.

Busby, Bruce. "Radiation Effects Biological Effects of


Radiation."Effects on
Seeds. Bruce Busby, 27 Aug. 2011. Web. 12 Mar. 2012.
<http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q1280.html>.

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Questions?

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