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Statement of the Problem This experiment entitled Corn Plant Reaction to Different Amount of Sunlight is geared to answer the

following problems: 1. How do corn plants react to full, little and no amount of sunlight? 2. What amount of sunlight is suitable to growing corn plants?

Methodology Corns of the same kind and about the same size are planted on good soil and given enough water. Fifteen corn kernels are planted individually on their respective plastic cups. They are divided into five groups. The first group, consisting of three cups is placed outside the ground under a full sunlight. The second group with another three cups of corn plants are placed outside the ground but covered with plastic bags that had holes punched in for air. The third group with four cups is placed inside a closet with no sunlight and the last group with five cups of corn plants is placed on a window sill. The plants were under observation for three weeks.

Results and Discussion Table 1 Corn Plants Group 1 (with full sunlight) Group 2 (covered with Leaves are yellow plastic) Group 3 (inside a closet) Leaves withered Leaves are green, healthy and turned into the Group 4 (on the window sill) sunlight Observation Leaves are green and healthy

After three weeks, the three corns that were placed outside the ground grew well with green leaves and straight stems. The second group that that are placed outside but are covered with plastic bags had yellow leaves. The third group of corns placed inside the closet withered and eventually died. The fourth group of corns on the window sill had green and healthy leaves with stems turning directly into the sunlight. Conclusion Photosynthesis is affected by three factors: intensity of light, temperature and availability of raw materials such as carbon dioxide and water. With the right amount of sunlight, plants grow with healthy leaves. It is evident with the corn situated outside the ground that grew well than the plants placed inside the closet

with no sunlight. Light provides the energy in photosynthesis. A constant supply of light increases the rate of photosynthesis. When more light is absorbed, more chlorophyll is energized, causing them to capture more energy that can be used in photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants, this is the molecules responsible in absorbing energy from light. Although placed outside the ground, the group of corns covered with plastic bags had yellow leaves. It is because the plastic bags block the sunlight to the plant causing little amount of sunlight to penetrate through the plastic layer reaching only little amount of sunlight to the leaves of the plant. The ones placed on the window sill have leaves turning into the sunlight. This reaction of the fourth group of corn plants is known as phototropism. It is a growth or response of a plant to a source of light. References 1. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/education/needs.html 2. http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/agr/agr202/agr202.pdf 3. http://wisccorn.blogspot.com/2013/08/B043.html 4. http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/AA/A016.aspx 5. Diwa. Science and Technology for the Future II. Factors affecting the rate of Photosynthesis, 18, 213.