Star Project - NFA Courtsunis Team 1

NFA Courtsunis Team 1

Nominated by Devesh Shukla, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Western Kentucky University

Team 1 did a great job in doing experiments and making an appealing interpretation of the data. Team1 studied how photosynthesis may be affected by different colors of variegated leaves or in other words, how photosynthesis can be affected by various pigments. Team 1 did a great job in doing experiments and making an appealing interpretation of the data. Students had performed three replicate experiments for measuring photosynthesis in three different colors of variegated plant leaves. First, they measured the amount of pigments by performing paper chromatography experiments. They found the amount of chlorophyll in green, purple, white leaves in a decreasing order. In a second experiment, they measure the rate of photosynthesis in these leaves using disks floating assay. However, they got contradicted results regarding the number of leaves rose to the surface as sometimes they got a maximum number of white leaves disks risen. But this is fine because they have reasoned it in the discussion. They have also explored another way of measuring photosynthesis that is by measuring the number of bubbles. However, we cannot say what is the nature of these bubbles. But probably it is oxygen as it is less soluble in water.

What makes this a star project?

Check their interaction with their mentor and class liaison:

And here are some images from their studies: