Phytoremediation: Utilizing Hyperaccumulator Plants to Extract Toxic Chemical Waste from Soil & Groundwater

By Luci C. Edenlord Soil and groundwater contaminants represent one of the most harmful pollutants in the world by destroying habitats, wrecking ecosystems, poisoning clean water and being a huge detriment to human and animal health. Imagine that by just planting a few simple seeds, the destruction would melt away without negatively affecting human and animal health and the environment. One field of sunflowers (Helianthus) has the capability to extract industrial contaminants such as lead […]

Facilitating Biodigester Biogas Production Using a Rumination Model of Bos taurus

Abstract In order to develop resource and time efficient methods of biogas production as an energy source, the biodigestion procedure physically and chemically modified the biodigestion process to mimic the rumination process of Bos taurus. The experimental protocol used manure slurry and the independent variables of a varying mixing times and digestive enzymes to produce biogases. The results demonstrated significant increases in biogas production with both mixing time variation and enzyme additives to manure slurry. […]

The Effect of Nitrogen on Invasive Plant Species

Zachary J. Duthie Upper Dublin High School Class of 2019 pduthie1@gmail.com   Table of Contents Abstract …………………………………………………… 3 Problem …………………………………………………… 3 Introduction …………………………………………………… 3 Hypothesis …………………………………………………… 5 Methods …………………………………………………… 5 Results …………………………………………………… 6 Analysis …………………………………………………… 6 Conclusion …………………………………………………… 7 Bibliography …………………………………………………… 9 Abstract Progress in farming and industry has yielded great benefits to mankind, but activities associated with this progress have increased nitrogen levels in the soil  (Vitousek, 1997).  This experiment was conducted to test […]

Policies to Protect Diminishing Bee Populations in the United States

Honey bees are pollinators that have a strong influence on ecological relationships, ecosystem conservation and genetic variation in plants, with pollination occurring in a variety of ways: wind, animals, self-pollination and sexual reproduction. According to Greenpeace, an estimated 87.5% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals, and can increase fruit or seed in 75% of the world’s food crops ((Greenpeace Research Laboratories Technical Report (Review) 01/2013)). Greenpeace also shows that although grains such as wheat, […]