Energy and Nutrient Cycling
The Big Idea: "Is More Food Better?" (145 K PDF file)
Because of their ease of growth and short life cycle (seed to seed in 35 days) Fast Plants(TM) are an organism suitable for many kinds of home and classroom scientific investigations. They are particularly interesting because, like humans, they exhibit considerable variation in many observable characteristics. Fast Plants(TM) are useful for experiments investigating the effects of environment (light, nutrition, etc.) on variation in growth, development and reproduction.
This activity addresses the effect of nutrient on growth and reproduction. Specifically you will investigate how much fertilizer (nutrient or plant food) is best for the production of a crop of Fast Plants(TM) seed. This is the same question that farmers ask every time they plant a crop.