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HS-PLT01

Combating Desertification: Utilization of Bentonite, Coco Fiber, and Citrus Peels to Improve the Viability of Desert Sand.

Plant Science
Eniah Endriga Jeremiah Endriga

Grade:
10
Teacher:
Alfred Santos

Desertification is a great environmental challenge the world is facing right now, especially in Africa. Sixty percent of Africa’s population lives in arid, semi-arid, dry sub-humid and hyper-arid areas, wherein forty-five percent of the continent and sixty-five percent of productive land has incurred desertification. To address this problem, this study investigated the different sand soil mixture possibilities using bentonite, coco fiber, and citrus peels to improve the viability of desert sand.


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4 thoughts on “Combating Desertification: Utilization of Bentonite, Coco Fiber, and Citrus Peels to Improve the Viability of Desert Sand.

  1. Very cool project! It would be great to see how the pinto beans grown in the experimental conditions compared to pinto beans grown in gardening soil or desert sand without any addition of the bentonite, coco fiber, or orange peels.

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