The Effect of Radiant Energy on Radish Seed Germination

(1) Barrack Hebrew Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA

As mankind becomes increasingly dependent on technology, scientists are discovering through experimentation the influence of technology over the natural world. The following study was conducted in order to determine if exposure to microwave radiant energy influences the process of radish seed germination. The results show that energy emitted from microwaves influences radish seed germination. Radish seeds exposed for four minutes in the microwave experienced almost 150% greater seed germination over the course of six days compared to a control group and a group of radish seeds microwaved for one and one-half minutes. These data demonstrate one example of how the natural world reacts to radiant energy emitted by man-made objects.

Figure 5 experimental set up with labels
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