Title

The Effect of Aluminium Hydroxide on the Fecundity of Drosophila Melagnoster

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Zoology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Flame retardants have seen more widespread use in recent years. This rise in use has led to widespread health concerns, such as being carcinogenic. This study investigated the possible effects of aluminium hydroxide (Al(OH)3) on fecundity in drosophila cultures. It was hypothesised that an increase in Al(OH)3 would lead to a decrease in fecundity. The test was conducted by mixing Al(OH)3 into the fly media at different concentrations, 0%, 60%, and 75%. Then counting the number of fully grown offspring after 21 days. The results seemed to indicate there were more offspring in the control group, however the ANOVA at α=0.05 indicated that the null-hypothesis was not rejected with the P=0.1301. Due to the study being inconclusive, no assumptions can be drawn about the health concerns of aluminium hydroxide. In conclusion, due to rising safety concerns, the effect of aluminum hydroxide on fecundity at high concentrations was studied, and the results were inconclusive.

Location

Founders Hall 210 A

Start Date

3-30-2019 8:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 8:45 AM

The Effect of Aluminium Hydroxide on the Fecundity of Drosophila Melagnoster

Founders Hall 210 A

Flame retardants have seen more widespread use in recent years. This rise in use has led to widespread health concerns, such as being carcinogenic. This study investigated the possible effects of aluminium hydroxide (Al(OH)3) on fecundity in drosophila cultures. It was hypothesised that an increase in Al(OH)3 would lead to a decrease in fecundity. The test was conducted by mixing Al(OH)3 into the fly media at different concentrations, 0%, 60%, and 75%. Then counting the number of fully grown offspring after 21 days. The results seemed to indicate there were more offspring in the control group, however the ANOVA at α=0.05 indicated that the null-hypothesis was not rejected with the P=0.1301. Due to the study being inconclusive, no assumptions can be drawn about the health concerns of aluminium hydroxide. In conclusion, due to rising safety concerns, the effect of aluminum hydroxide on fecundity at high concentrations was studied, and the results were inconclusive.