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Names: Edward Merricks, Dexter Robinson, Robert Benson, Ewart Keen, Jacquelyn Sm edley, Haylee Howard Project Title:

The Effects of Bananas On Polar Bears Objectives/Goals: The regular Cavendish Banana and the Polar Bear (Ursus Maritim us) are separated by thousands of miles, one found often in the tropics, while t he other makes its habitat in the Arctic. the purpose of the experiment was to s ee how animals, the polar bear in particular, might react to plants from distant parts of the world. Methods/Materials: All that is needed is a few Cavendish bananas and live polar bears. The first two polar bears, a male and a female, were fed Cavendish banana s. The next pair of male and female polar bears had Cavendish bananas placed nea r them. The next male and female bears had Cavendish bananas placed in their vin cinity and were observed. The female bear simply sniffed the banana, and the odo r turned her away. However, the male bear rubbed its legs along the banana. Furt her testing found that the bear had a large amount of the Toxoplasma gondii para site. Then the study proceeded to a new stage of testing. This stage required a microscope, some riboflavin, and the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. We placed some droplets of riboflavin by the parasite, and the parasite happened to excrete. It 's excretions released a chemical that interacted with the riboflavin. Results: The first pair of bears had little adverse effects. The second bear wal ked off, barely noticing the bananas. The final female bear sniffed the banana a nd walked off uninterested. The male partner rubbed its legs by the banana and t he legs exploded. The parasite's excretions were found to violently react with r iboflavin, and hydrogen gas would be separated from the riboflavin and rapidly e xpand. Conclusion: The study concludes that polar bears infected with Toxoplasma gondii can have body parts violently explode due to the expanding hydrogen from the re action of the parasite's excretions and riboflavin colorant in bananas.