The Effects of Common Substances Found in Urban Runoff on the CO2 Intake and Productivity of Brassica Oleracea Var. SabellicaPlant Sciences
- Elyse Wexler
"The topic of this experiment focused on the effects of common substances found in urban runoff on the CO2 intake and productivity of Brassica Oleracea var. Sabellica, also known as Curly kale. This project was based on the concerns of the increasing CO2 concentrations due to societies growing carbon emissions. As CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere increase, “ [it] will lead to a variety of both positive and negative effects on major agricultural crops used to feed the global population” (Thompson et al. 2017). The kale plant doused with water on average had the smallest difference between initial vs. average CO2 concentration by the end of two weeks. This means that overall this plant started at its peak health and stayed the healthiest throughout the course of the experiment. In conclusion, when plants are doused with substances other than water, they take in less CO2 and therefore are less healthy and productive. This project is important because it helps bring awareness to urban runoff and how we are directly impacting ourselves when exposing our food sources to these chemicals."