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The Effects of Acid Rain on Pea Plants

The Effects of Acid Rain on Pea Plants Project by SHA Junior Alexandra Sim

The topic of Alexandra’s research project is the effect of acid rain conditions on the photosynthetic capacity of snap peas, specifically its impact on seed size and general productivity. Acid rain has been found to affect the chlorophyll content of non-crop yielding plants, but its effect on crop yielding plants has never before been studied. I have three groups of plants, one planted in acid rain treated soil, one watered with acidic solution and a control group. After 90 days, Alexandra will collect leaf samples of all three groups for chlorophyll content testing at Brookhaven National Laboratory to test photosynthetic capacity.

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