Wisconsin Fast Plants

Wisconsin Fast Plants are rapid cycling brassicas which require little attention than continuous light, water, and fertilizer.  To being growing these plants, a mat must be soaked in water with 2-3 mL of liquid detergent added.  The water must then be squeezed out of the mat.  The process must be repeated.  Following the final soaking, it mustn’t be squeezed out, but it to be laid across a platform.  The mat should be smooth with no air pockets and water should be added to the reservoir.  This system is known as capillary action.  Since the mat is wet, it takes water from the reservoir.  A copper sulfate square is added to the water for algae prevention.  The mat holds quads, which are Styrofoam squares with four separate holes in them.  A wick is placed in the bottom of each hole and slightly moistened potting soil is added half of the way up and two fertilizer pellets are placed there.  More soil is added almost to the top.  Then the fingertip makes a little hole and two seeds are placed along with more soil to reach the top of the quad. These steps were repeated for each cell within the quad.  Finally, each cell was watered.  One label belonged to a quad of four people.  The reservoirs were placed under a 24 hour a day fluorescent light for a twenty-five day period.  Each cell was watered consecutively for three days, which allowed enough moisture during germination.  After that, they were watered sporadically.  As the plants began to grow, each cell was thinned to one plant per cell.  Those without a plant were given one by a quad member that had two or more.  Everyday the plants were watered, were measured and recorded.  As the plants grew, a wooden stake and plastic rings were added for posture.  Once the flowers were bloomed, a bee stick was prepared for pollination.  To cross-pollinate, the bee thorax was rotated over the flowers to pick up and distribute pollen over each of the plants.  Unopened were removed after the last day of pollination (2-3 days).  The seed pods begin to appear and elongate and seed mature all between five and twenty days after.

The plants didn’t grow consecutively, but most of the plants did grow rather tall.  The flowers began to appear after nineteen days.  Pods started to appear at about twenty-one days, but didn’t grow very large.

The only biotic, living components that affect the living organisms around them, factor was the people in the class who had a plant.  Each affected their own.  The abiotic, non-living components that affect the living organisms of the freshwater community, factors were a 24 hour a day fluorescent light, water, they were on a reservoir which allowed them to have it continuously, and there were fertilizer pellets planted along with the seeds.

An ecosystem is all of the living and non-living parts of a give area in nature and their relationship to one another.  Plants provide food for many species of animals.  They give off oxygen that is essential to our existence.  If we didn’t have plants, the world would cease to exist, or wouldn’t last very long.  Plants cannot survive without decomposers, and therefore the decomposers cannot live without the producers.  The same with consumers.  All organisms within an ecosystem are connected to one another, directly or indirectly.

While I observed the plant growth over the period of the experiment, I noticed they grew rather fast.  They developed much like any other plant in a shorter period of time.  My cell’s heights were larger than the class averages.  But around the 12th day, my plant’s height began to decline.

Quad Data Table

Class Data Table

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