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Ava Howard




As the world population continues to grow, we continue to expand the agricultural lands. Not every soil available is the most nutrient dense or ideally irrigated. It’s estimated that environmental stressors are increasingly contributing to the loss of crops (Macedo, A. F., 2011). Crops are needing to be grown in harsher environments than the ideal farmlands. Knowing what stressors a species can deal with and what will definitely destroy it can help farmers get more successful harvests in imperfect conditions. This experiment aims to test the resilience of pea plants (Pisum sativum) in sandy soil. If plants need nutrients to grow and maintain organs, then the lack of nutrients will inhibit growth by shorter height, lower leaf count, and more necrosis of leaves. Due to the nature of sand not holding water as well as typical soil may also lead to drought stress. In the experiments to follow, I looked at the possibility of both nutrient stress and drought stress affecting the growth, leaf count, water potential of the plants.

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