Plant Research Ideas

Discussion in 'Plants: Science and Cultivation' started by JustAStudent, May 7, 2009.

  1. JustAStudent

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    Hello,

    I am a high school student and I am needing some ideas on possible topics for plant research. The assignment is specific that I have to conduct an experiment and create a 4000-word (approximately) report/research on it. I've done some research in areas of botany, and those that interest me most are:

    - Plant hormones (Gibberellins)​
    - Plant pathology​
    - Phototropism​

    I'm ambitious to do a complex, specific experiment, however, I am limited by the supplies I am able to obtain and the equipment I have access to within my school. I have all summer to conduct an experiment, so time is not an essential component of this experiment. Since this is a biological report, I am advised not to go too far into other areas of science (e.g. biochemistry). If anyone can give me some advice or direction in this, I would greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. K Baron

    K Baron Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    You may find studying the Arbutus menziesii in West Vancouver, as it seems to be in a state of decline from various factors?
     
  3. JustAStudent

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    Oh I just looked it up and it seems very interesting! I will propose it to my instructor. The only problem I see is that it will be almost entirely based on secondary data? Thanks.
     
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    JustAStudent,
    Vancouver, which? Washinton? Island? City?
    If City, make an appointment to go see the folks that operate this web site at UBC. You have a great opportunity to "get aquainted" with, and to learn from some facinating, knowledgeable people.
    barb
     
  5. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Your request for ideas reminded me of the question I posed in [thread=9845]this[/thread] (unanswered) thread. For example. A poinsettia requires a number of hours in darkness to initiate 'flowering'. Would this period be interrupted by light of different colors?
     

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