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Name: Nibha Solanki
Status:  n/a
Grade:  n/a
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: Australia
Date: Summer 2014


Question:
I have performed an experiment for my grade 12 biology assessment where i grow Zinnia flower seeds using magnets to increase germination rates as well as the growth rate. The section i need help with is to know if increasing the germination rates of plants has a long term effect on their future growth. In other words do the plants grow at a slower rate if the germination rates are increased?
Replies:
There is an abundance of variables, which can affect germination and growth of zinnias: http://www.syngentaflowers.com/country/us/en/seeds/GrowingGuidelinesLib/Zinnia.pdf so I donít think that an increase of germination rates would affect growth, unless there is crowding of plants because of increased germination.

Sincerely, Anthony R. Brach Ph.D.



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