Title

The Effect of Facemask Leachate on the Growth of Phaseolus vulgaris

Author(s)

Jiya AnandFollow

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

10th Grade

Presentation Topic

Botany

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure the effect of leachate extracted from different facemasks on the growth of Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean) plants. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, an increase in facemask usage is causing an increase in pollution due to masks. There is a lack of study on how the chemicals found in leachate from masks will impact the environment. It was hypothesized that masks would hinder the growth of the bean plants. It was also predicted that the facemasks with dyes would impact plant growth greater than the facemasks without dyes due to the heavy metal content in many reactive dyes. 112 bean plants were split into four groups, no-mask, disposable mask, cloth mask and n-95 mask. They were split into groups of no-mask, disposable mask, cloth mask, and n-95 mask.The plants were grown for nine days and plant height was recorded. A One-Way ANOVA and a Tukey test were run to check for correlation between the facemask leachates and plant height. The data collected is not statistically significant enough to support this hypothesis.

Location

HSS 107

Start Date

4-2-2022 11:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Apr 2nd, 11:45 AM

The Effect of Facemask Leachate on the Growth of Phaseolus vulgaris

HSS 107

The purpose of this study was to measure the effect of leachate extracted from different facemasks on the growth of Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean) plants. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, an increase in facemask usage is causing an increase in pollution due to masks. There is a lack of study on how the chemicals found in leachate from masks will impact the environment. It was hypothesized that masks would hinder the growth of the bean plants. It was also predicted that the facemasks with dyes would impact plant growth greater than the facemasks without dyes due to the heavy metal content in many reactive dyes. 112 bean plants were split into four groups, no-mask, disposable mask, cloth mask and n-95 mask. They were split into groups of no-mask, disposable mask, cloth mask, and n-95 mask.The plants were grown for nine days and plant height was recorded. A One-Way ANOVA and a Tukey test were run to check for correlation between the facemask leachates and plant height. The data collected is not statistically significant enough to support this hypothesis.