Plant Physiology
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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Leaf Rubbings: Shapes and Patterns [E]
The western red lily and its adaptations for survival in its habitat. [P]
Find out how flowers drink water. [P]
Capillary Action of Water in Plants [E]
How Many Seeds Do Different Types of Fruit Produce? [E]
What is transpiration? [P]
What side of a plant leaf takes in carbon dioxide? (what is stomata?) [E] [P]
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Using Plants to Determine Direction [E]
Find out if plants really absorb water by osmotic pressure. [P]
Shoots: How do Mint Plants Branch to Form New Stems? [E]
Do Potatoes Regulate the Formation of New Roots? [E]
Can roots hold soil together? Will roots always grow towards water? Will roots always point down? [P]
At What Pressure Do Different Types of Nuts Crack? [P]
Separate the colors of a green leaf using chromatography [E]
Exploring the relationship (pollination) between Lesser Dawn Bats (Eonycteris spelaea) and durian fruit [E] [P]
What is Transpiration? [E]
What insect makes a Venus fly trap grow the largest? [E] [P]
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Investigating the Accuracy of the Method Foresters Use to Estimate the Radial Growth Rate of Trees [E]
Coastal Pines: Ability of Needles to Condense Moisture [E]
The Correlation between the Aging in a Banana and the Amount of Potassium It Contains [E]
Find out if size and mass affect the growth of a bean plant. [E]
Is green the only color in a leaf? [E]
Do plants lose water through their leaves? [E]
Can water travel through plant stems? [E]
How Does the Size of a Pumpkin Affect the Number of Seeds It Produces? [E]
Investigate The Venus Fly Trap - an incredible plant that eats insects and therefore it is carnivorous. [E] [P]
Will Nepenthes (pitcher plant) extracts contain enzymes that digest insect proteins? [E] [P]
Find the percent variation of water storage among different succulent species. [E]
Verify that an electrical potential is generated within the petioles when the Mimosa Pudica leaves are physically stimulated. [E]
Investigate whether the pigments in leaves that produced their autumn color are present while the leaves were still green. [E]

Investigate Photoperiodism in Plants [E]
Does Greater Leaf Diameter Increase Transpiration Rate of plants? [E]
1. Determine whether plants can survive in a simulated Martian-like environment.
2. Determine whether plants can change the atmosphere from carbon dioxide to oxygen. [E]
Find out how temperature affects a plant's ability to transport nutrients. [E]
Is green the only color in a leaf? [P]
Can a plant grow from just the top of a carrot? [P]
Can I predict how many sections are in a citrus fruit? [P]
The effect of bean mass on plant height [E]
Compare the rate of dehydration between different fruits [P]
Does the size of a lemon affect the number of seeds it has? [E]
Are there differences in leaf pigments and starch content of healthy and dying leaves? [E]
How does a fruit's internal ethanol levels affect external rind stress? [E]
The effect of the number of stomata on a leaf's surface on the volume of water transpiration [E] [E]
Can Venus flytrap learn? [E] [E]
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Plant Communication Experimentation [E]
The Effect of Light Exposure on Circumnutation Size in Plants [E]
Plant Species Capacity for Oxygen Production and Ability to Block out UV Radiation [E]
The Basalt Dependency of the Brodiaea santarosae [E]
How Do Plants Defend Themselves? [E]
The Effects of Temperature on the Xylem of Tomato Plants [E]
Determine whether the bioaccumulation of perchlorate and nitrate is more substantial in the outer leaves of a romaine lettuce when compared with the inner leaves. [E]
1. What happens to pigment as leaves change color with seasons? 2. Why are two leaves of the same tree different in color intensity? 3. Does the temperature of a refrigerator have an effect on a plants pigment composition? 4 and 5. Compared different, yet similarly colored parts of the plant to determine whether or not the coloring pigment was the same. [E]
Repeat Charles Darwin's experiments with orchids [E] [E]
Predict whether self-pollination or cross-pollination with another plant with the same or different colored flowers will produce the most seeds. [E] [E]
A taxonomic reassessment of the orders ectocarpales and scytosiphonales based on ribosomal small subunit DNA sequences [E]
Effects of Metabolites Produced by Cladosporium species on Bean and Lettuce Plants [E]
Does Bean Mass Affect Plant Height? [E]
Determine whether the growth rate of the plants will be affected negatively by an increase in transpiration rate due to high winds. [E]
Circadian rhythms in Russian giant sunflowers [P]
Will hyperbarics (pressure) effectively increase the development of the red kidney bean? [E]
Create a field guide of local plants [E]
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