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Grand Award

3rd Place
HS-PL18

The Effects of Common Substances Found in Urban Runoff on the CO2 Intake and Productivity of Brassica Oleracea Var. Sabellica

Plant Sciences
Brooklyn Faye Piscitelli Clara Rocha

Grade:
10
Teacher:
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."


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One thought on “The Effects of Common Substances Found in Urban Runoff on the CO2 Intake and Productivity of Brassica Oleracea Var. Sabellica

  1. A fine project with possible real implications for the real world. Your display was very easy to read and understand and your notebook was well done. you did a good job in the interview. I hope you keep on asking hard questions and looking for answers with another project next year.

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