|Explore||Plants are all unique in their own ways, but are mostly known to all be able to produce their own food called glucose. Based on a reliable (.org) source I found: “The principal environmental requirements for plant growth include adequate space for root and canopy development, sufficient light,...|
|Research Question||Does a hydroponics system with brown rice-based starch added to the water increase the growing speed of cherry tomato plants faster than a hydroponics system without added starch water from the rice?|
|Predictions||If brown rice-based starch water is added to one hydroponics system and not added to an identical one, then the system with the brown rice starch-based water will contain plants that grow at a more rapid pace.|
|Experimental Design||Boil water with brown rice for five minutes (ratio: 1 cup water to 1 cup rice) Cool water and pour into the soil of the plant Poor control water into an identical plant at the same time Place control cherry tomatoes in the same environment Measure the amount of water per plant equally each...|
|Conclusion||What claim can we make from our experiment? What are possible explanations for our results? How do the data we collected and our reasoning with scientific ideas support our claim? What future experiments could be done to expand on the results of this experiment?|
I'm bummed the pandemic stopped the project, I was really looking forward to the experiment. Thanks for all your support! :)
Prom is said to be July 21st, I know its crazy! Well I wish you the best in Vienna, I wish I could travel to places like that, hopefully, someday when I am older. The weather in Idaho is bi-polar! I would love to bike too, but all my tires are popped and I never have the time to fix them. What brings you to Vienna, do you live there?
Farewell and Best Wishes!
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I am going on walks and enjoying the sun on my skin, I love nature! Turns out prom is still on if you can believe that, but I don't know if I will be attending. This really is a unique time, I think, to better your relationship with the people you are, for a lack of a better word, stuck with. I'm just being lazy and having fun with the lack of schedule, although it can be boring.
Thank you for all your help and support!!!
Great work on your project progress. Sorry to hear the project did not turn out as hoped due to the pandemic problems. Great work on researching what others have done. Often times that is the best way to learn about experiments and how to make them better. It also teaches you how others set up their experiments, write up data and conclusions, and work thru different problems.
Sorry it took very long to get back, I was not getting the notification updates :( I really appreciate all your hard work you all have done. Very awesome!!
I hope everyone is well and safe and making good use of your extra time.
Have a great day and stay safe!
How can we complete this project if we do not have a hydroponics system within reach, or the means of doing this experiment together?
Thank you so much for continuing your PlantingScience work during the pandemic. You've all done some amazing work! We have made it to the final week of our session so it is time to start wrapping up your projects. Please share your final reports or conclusions with your mentor this week. They are excited to see how your experiments turned out! Don't forget to thank your mentors as well for their help!
Stay healthy and thank you again,
The PlantingScience Team
Only difference in their plan as opposed to ours, besides the addition of a third experiment using fertilizer, we plan to use brown rice. This is because it has not been bleached and as processed as white rice, taking away more nutrients, so we are hoping for even better results.
Sorry if that posted twice or anything else strange. This website does not seem to like my home computer very much.
Our group did a bit of searching, and eventually found other people who were also interested in the benefits of using rice water on plants. One thing that stuck out to us was an article written by Dr. Christopher Teh with University Putra Malaysia on an experiment done that looked similar to what our experiment would have ended up looking like. They did something we thought was smart however, and did not have just a rice water and no rice water batch of the plant they used. They used Water Spinach, and had three groups. One was watered with average tap water, one was watered with the rice water, and the third one was treated with a “NPK 15:15:15 Fertilzer”. The end results showed that “using water from washed rice is as effective as NPK fertilizer in promoting plant growth, at least in terms of the number of plant leaves produced and the higher plant biomass (fresh)” (Teh).
This article also looks at the specific nutrients that are contained in rice, and how much of the nutrients are gained in the water used after the rice has been washed/cooked. This has further strengthened the group's belief that we could replicate this experiment, and have positive results from the rice watered group of plants.
Here is the article:
Here is some information on Dr. Teh and some more of his research:
Thank you, we believe further research is a great idea. We have just finished a virtual meeting and are now all looking for scholarly articles of past conducts of this experiment. Hope we find what we need!
Have a great morning!
It turns out we don't exactly have access to a Hydroponics system any longer, unless we go back to school with enough time to grow our cherry tomato plant. Plus, we can't get together as a group to do this project as one. What should we do maybe instead, or should we continue adding research and perfecting this idea then find an already grown cherry tomato plant and do the experiment as soon as we are back at school (we still don't know when that will be)?
We are all stuck at home in what everyone is calling self-quarantine and aren't supposed to leave due to a recent bill that was passed in Idaho, unless in need of the essentials of course. Who knows when we will get to go back to school, but for sure the month of April is online teaching. We haven't yet communicated as a group, because the last week and this week became our spring break, but we will all be on online school starting Monday. I will look into the Info Section, thank you for all your help. :)
Hope you are safe and healthy as well!
I'd like to encourage you, while you're home, to start filling up your project details on the Info Section above. This will help you have clear planning of what are your project expectations and research methods once you're back to school! And please, ask mentors as many questions as you wish! :)
Stay safe and healthy!
Our group, after looking around more at some of the different variables that go into growing a plant, was wondering if instead of focusing on the dirt and soil aspects of planting, we could focus on the water aspect of a hydroponics system and how focusing more on the water being taken into the hydroponics system can affect the yield of a plant. We stumbled across some things on certain rices containing amounts of energy that can be trapped in the water used to cook the rice. We were curious to see if mixing some brown-rice water into the system water would affect the growing speed of cherry tomatoes in our hydroponics system due to the energy within some of the starch in brown rice. Next week we plan to set up two separate systems to test this.
Hi! Something our group has been brainstorming as a topic to look into is, "What kind of variables would we want to focus on manipulating, when dealing with the growth of a food-baring plant in an Aquaponics system?" For example, what could we supply or change in the plant's growth process, specifically, to help our plant yield a larger amount of food?
Nice to see that you already have such a broad view on the importance of plants in agriculture as well as in natural ecosystems...
Given that you'll be growing some crops yourselves during this session, I was wondering in you have already been brainstorming about how would you like to develop your project? What research question(s) would you like to answer?