I see what you mean about that little one! It looks like its stem isn't strong enough to hold up the leaves, meaning it probably is dehydrated. A dehydrated plant means there's not enough water pressure (known as 'turgor pressure') for it to stand upright. You can think about turgor pressure as being similar to the air in a balloon keeping it full, and when there's not enough the balloon goes limp/deflated. Since we added so many salts and sugars into the soil, water leaves the plant to try to equalize the concentrations between the outside and inside of the plant (but this is more than you need to know! You'll probably learn more about these processes in high school ).
However, the other ones look like they're doing well! It will be interesting to see what the Gatorade treatment results look like at the end of our experiment!
Liaison Cameron nominated this mentors for maintaining good communication with their team!
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Scientists! Invitations will begin going out in mid-February! This is a great time to update your availability and consider adding Investigation Themes to your preferences. If you are new to PlantingScience, check out 'Join as a Mentor'.
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2024 F2 Fellows Needed!
Scientists! We are seeking Fellows candidates for the 2024 F2 Cohort
We are now looking ahead to the coming research cohort and seeking early career scientists who are interested in participating. This is a stipended opportunity that will require that accepted applicants take part in a training during the summer of 2024 and then participation in PlantingScience in a 'liaison' role during the Fall 2024 session.
Scientist Mentors Needed!
As we grow and continue to pursue our F2 research, we are sending out this appeal to our Scientist community: please spread the word and invite your students, colleagues, and friends to sign up and mentor with us! Mentors range from late undergraduate students to emeritus scientists. Feel free to download our mentor flyer and post it in your institution to encourage others to join us, too!
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