s1091865 at cedarville.edu
Thu Nov 18 15:03:26 EST 1993
A group of students, myself included, are involved in a BLIP project.
(Botany Laboratory Inquiry Project) We are studying the effects of touch on
soy bean plants. One of our test groups receives a gentle 'rub down' for
two minutes per day. Our control group recieves no touch. After about a
week of this treatment the leaves began to curl and look frazzled along the
margins. The control group shows none of the above signs. My fingers feel
slick after I touch the plants, so I am assuming that my fingers are
picking up some of the cuticle. Are my fingers reducing the amount of the
cuticle on the leaves so they are loosing moisture, thus the curling and
frazzled appearance, or could I possibly be depositing substances on the
leaves that cause the effects? (i.e. salts)
...If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its
author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must
live through all time, or die by suicide.
Andrew D. Smith s1091865 at cedarville.edu !
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