Title

The Effect of Hyaluronic Acid Exposure on the Filtration Efficiency of Nasturtium officinale

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

Hyaluronic acid has become increasingly popular over recent years due to its presence on social media platforms. Additionally, hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the joints of animals and is used as a lubricant. Nasturtium officinale is a naturally occurring vegetable and is also considered a superfood due to its vitamin-rich leaves and filtering properties. The purpose of this experiment was to test the relationship between N. officinale’s ability to filter in different environments. The specific environment used was the addition of hyaluronic acid. It was hypothesized that the addition of hyaluronic acid would negatively affect the filtration efficiency of N. officinale due to the fact that there is more for the plant to filter. For the methods, water was added to containers and hyaluronic acid was added. A 16-in-1 water quality test kit was used to test the different factors of the water such as total hardness and pH. After the water quality test, a single N. officinale leaf was added to the water sample and left, and a water sample was taken again. The difference was calculated and the average difference was used for the chi-square test. Each category received its own chi-square test. The hypothesis partially supported, thus the exposure to hyaluronic acid does impact the filtration efficiency of N. officinale.

Location

BS 349

Start Date

3-25-2023 12:00 PM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

COinS
 
Mar 25th, 12:00 PM

The Effect of Hyaluronic Acid Exposure on the Filtration Efficiency of Nasturtium officinale

BS 349

Hyaluronic acid has become increasingly popular over recent years due to its presence on social media platforms. Additionally, hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the joints of animals and is used as a lubricant. Nasturtium officinale is a naturally occurring vegetable and is also considered a superfood due to its vitamin-rich leaves and filtering properties. The purpose of this experiment was to test the relationship between N. officinale’s ability to filter in different environments. The specific environment used was the addition of hyaluronic acid. It was hypothesized that the addition of hyaluronic acid would negatively affect the filtration efficiency of N. officinale due to the fact that there is more for the plant to filter. For the methods, water was added to containers and hyaluronic acid was added. A 16-in-1 water quality test kit was used to test the different factors of the water such as total hardness and pH. After the water quality test, a single N. officinale leaf was added to the water sample and left, and a water sample was taken again. The difference was calculated and the average difference was used for the chi-square test. Each category received its own chi-square test. The hypothesis partially supported, thus the exposure to hyaluronic acid does impact the filtration efficiency of N. officinale.