The Effect of Saltwater on the Germination of Seeds. A Research Project Conducted by Andy Herrmann Seeds are placed in water with different amounts of salt to germinate. Abstract.
The Effect of Saltwater on the Germination of Seeds
A Research Project
Conducted by Andy Herrmann
Seeds are placed in water with different amounts of salt to germinate.
This study concerned the effects of varying amounts of salt in the water that seeds were placed in to germinate on the amount of germination of the seeds. The researcher chose Phaseoluslunatus, a bean known as the lima bean, for the experimentation. Thirty-two beans were placed in thirty-two cups, which were placed on four trays, setting it up so that eight beans were on each tray. 4800 ml of water were placed in four bowls, with varying amounts (0 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg) of salt mixed into each. No results were recorded in any of the groups, which may be due to the cold time of year, or to the possibility of the seeds being dead already.
Germination- the process of a plant beginning to sprout shoots after a period of time
Salinity- amount of salt
The amount of salt in the world’s oceans is increasing, so it will be important to know if salt in water will still allow plants to grow. This experiment may answer this question.
Do seeds germinate better(meaning with higher quality of sprouts) in water with more or less salt?
Germination of seeds is the first, and perhaps most important, step in plant growing. Seeds do not need to be in soil for this to happen, however. They can be in water alone, and they will still germinate. Once they have germinated, then they should be placed in soil. The amount of salt and other pollutants in water is increasingly worsening. Does salt have any effect on seed germination?
If eight seeds are put into their own small plastic cups four times (once with no salt added to the water, once with 2 tablespoons [approximately 10mg] of salt added to the water, once with 4 tablespoons added, once with 8 tablespoons added), then the seeds with no salt added will have the best quality of germination and sprouts, because the salt isn’t beneficial in plants.
There were no pictures taken, because there were no changes, and, therefore, no data.
There was no growth displayed by any of the seeds in any of the four groups.
There is no data to discuss, because there was no growth.
Vaughton, Glenda, and Mike Ramsey. "RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SEED MASS, SEED NUTRIENTS, AND SEEDLING GROWTH IN BANKSIA CUNNINGHAMII (PROTEACEAE)." International Journal of Plant Sciences 162.3 (May 2001): 599. General OneFile. Gale. Shawnee Mission Kansas School District. 22 Nov. 2009 <http://find.galegroup.com/ips/start.do?prodId=IPS>
Dardick, Karen. "Success with seeds: starting plants from seed makes economic sense and separates the serious gardeners from the novices. (Beyond basics: topics for the advanced gardener)." Flower & Garden Magazine 46.1 (Feb 2002): 64(1). General OneFile. Gale. Shawnee Mission Kansas School District. 22 Nov. 2009 <http://find.galegroup.com/ips/start.do?prodId=IPS>.
Allen, A., Balschweid, M., Hammond, P., Henderson, B., Johnson, P., Kite, A., et al. (2004). Buried Alive! An Investigation of Plant Dormancy. Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 40(4), 3-10. Retrieved from ERIC database.
Jafarzadeh, Ali Asghar, and Nasser Aliasgharzad. "Salinity and salt composition effects on seed germination and root length of four sugar beet cultivars." Biologia 62.5 (Oct 2007): 562(3). Academic OneFile. Gale. Shawnee Mission Kansas School District. 23 Nov. 2009 <http://find.galegroup.com/ips/start.do?prodId=IPS>