Essay on Herbicide Experiment

983 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Abstract: In this experiment we observed and later identified the effects of certain herbicide application on plant growth. We planted a total of fourteen seeds in each of our eight different pots; seven soybean seeds and seven corn seeds. We designated four different treatment groups that were labeled the following; control, unknown, known, and extra treatment group. Over the course of two weeks the plants were placed in a greenhouse and given the proper measures to germinate. Then, the greenhouse staff administered an herbicide to our known group and an herbicide to our unknown group. Additionally, our group administered the extra treatment, Diet Coke, to our extra treatment group. We then made careful observations of each plant and …show more content…
The process of photosynthesis occurs in the leaves, utilizing sunlight as the initiator for the formation of sugars from carbon dioxide and water molecules, and results in the release of oxygen gas into the air. Today, there is a wide range of diversity in the plant kingdom (Singh-Cudy 55).

About 365 million years ago gymnosperms evolved, which later became the first plants to evolve the seed, which consists of the plant embryo and an encased supply of stored food. During the early stages of growth the seedling relies on the food storage as it’s main source of nutrients until it is large enough for its own leaves to begin making food through photosynthesis. The seedling’s roots burry down into the soil in order to anchor the new plant into its new source of water and minerals from the soil (Singh-Cudy 61). As soon as the seed begins to germinate we can identify if a plant is a monocot or a dicot. A monocot has only one seed leaf, which is usually long and thin, whereas a dicot has two seed leafs (“Monocots verses Dicots Explained”). For the purposes of this experiment we need to identify soybeans as dicots and corn as monocots.

Our experiment began by planting a total of fourteen seeds in each of our eight pots; seven soybean seeds and seven corn seeds. We separated our eight pots into four groups consisting of an unknown, known, control, and extra treatment group. Over the course of two weeks our plants were placed in a greenhouse where they were

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