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52700 Biology Research Project Can a plant survive without sunlight if its fed the glucose that the sunlight provides Jon Goodman In my project I explored the concept of the necessity of sunlight in the survival of plants Sunlight provides plants with energy that in turn will produce sugars through the carbon fixation cycle in the form of glucose Glucose is used as the food of plants and is broken down by cell respiration and gives the plant energy to grow and thrive I always heard people say that plants needed plenty of sunlight but if the sunlight only produced glucose could you just give the glucose to it and not give it any sunlight I wondered if plants were capable of staying alive without sunlight if I just gave them the glucose that the sunlight wasnt there to give for them In carrying out this experiment I started by collecting two Styrofoam planting pots and soil to put in the pots I put cotton wicks in the holes of the pots to suck up water for the plants I got some fast plants that grow quickly obviously and planted three seeds in each hole for the seeds I put three fertilizer seeds on a half full pot of soil I then filed up the rest of the pot with the soil and put the plant seeds on the top of the soil and pushed them down a little bit I then got two Tupperware boxes and taped down the tops of the boxes sideways so you could see into the box In the box I put water and draped a cotton sheet across the top into the water but over the taped down tops These cotton sheets would absorb the water and through osmosis it would soak up and would defy gravity by getting the whole cotton sheet wet Because the pots are placed on these sheets and
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