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*Flower Power*

Elizabeth Harnett, Rachel Tashjian, Kaitlin Cough

 

Environmental Variable (Fertilizer Variance) Looking at number of blooming flowers (BF), height (H), and petiolar trichomes (PT):

Observations:

PT: High fertilizer=more PT (generally)

BF: High/Low fertilizer alone doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the number of blooming flowers

H: High fertilizer=taller plants

Conclusions:

The higher fertilizer increases the height of all seed genotypes (both petite and standard). It does not, however, have any affect on the number of blooming flowers, though it does seem to increase the number of Petiolar Trichomes in both genotypes. Petite seeds in general have fewer or no Petiolar Trichomes, except in Oswald’s case. (As a side note, high lights, except for Bruce, seem to have more blooming flowers than low lights)


Low light, standard seed, high fertilizer=Jorge:

BF: 2

H: 17 cm

PT: 9

Low light, standard seed, low fertilizer=Jane:

BF: 3

H: 11.5 cm

PT: 1

Low light, petite seed, high fertilizer=Oswald:

BF: 8

H: 12.5

PT: 9

Low light, petite seed, low fertilizer=Bitsy Von MuffinTramp III:

BF: 2

H: 5.5 cm

PT: 4

High light, standard seed, high fertilizer=Bruce:

BF: 4

H: 23 cm

PT: 3

High light, standard seed, low fertilizer=Miller:

BF: 23

H: 10.6

PT: 4

High light, petite seed, high fertilizer=Joseph Stalin:

BF: 34

H: 18.5

PT: 0

High light, petite seed, low fertilizer=Annabelle VIII:

BF: 16

H: 4.3

PT: 0


With Genetic Variable (standard seed vs. petite seed), Looking for height, petiolar trichomes, and number of blooming flowers:

Observations:

Seed: no bearing on flowers (50/50)

Height: Standard seeds are taller

Petiolar Trichomes: while petite seeds with low light have an equal or greater number of petite seeds than standard seeds with low light, petite seeds with high light seem to have fewer PT than standard seeds with high light.

Conclusions:

The variation of genotypes has no bearing on the number of blooming flowers, though high lights in the case also seem to have more blooming flowers. The height was affected by the genotype—standard seeds are considerably taller than petite seeds. While petite seeds with low light have an equal or greater number of Petiolar Trichomes than standard seeds with low light, petite seeds with high light seem to have fewer PT than standard seeds with high light.


Low light, standard seed, high fertilizer=Jorge:

BF: 2

H: 17 cm

PT: 9

Low light, petite seed, high fertilizer=Oswald:

BF: 8

H: 12.5

PT: 9

Low light, standard seed, low fertilizer=Jane:

BF: 3

H: 11.5 cm

PT: 3

Low light, petite seed, low fertilizer=Bitsy Von MuffinTramp III:

BF: 2

H: 5.5 cm

PT: 5 (one leaf only with hair on it, rest of leaves are naked)

High light, standard seed, high fertilizer=Bruce:

BF: 4

H: 23 cm

PT: 3

High light, petite seed, high fertilizer=Joseph Stalin:

BF: 34

H: 18.5

PT: 0

High light, standard seed, low fertilizer=Miller:

BF: 23

H: 10.6

PT: 4

High light, petite seed, low fertilizer=Annabelle VIII:

BF: 16

H: 4.3

PT: 0


What characteristics do genetics affect? Height, possibly Petiolar Trichomes

What characteristics do environment affect? Height, number of blooming flowers

Based on our data, our story is that genetics and environment affect all aspects of growth.

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