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An Assessment into the Effect of Water and Biochar on the Growth of Cherry Belle Radishes
The purpose of this research study is to experimentally determine the optimum growth conditions for Cherry Belle Radishes in regards to the composition of biochar in the soil by volume and amount of water given per day. Information was gathered through internet searches and scientific papers. Experiments were performed to compare the effects of the two variables. Daily, water was added to each pot simulating conditions ranging from drought to heavy rainfall. The amount of water given daily was divided into five categories, 5 mL, 10 mL, 15 mL, 20 mL, and 25 mL. The amount of biochar in the soil was also divided into five categories consisting of 5%, 8%, 10%, 12%, and 15% by volume. All of the radish plants, 60 in total, were grown under grow lights indoors for 22 days. All of the trials were designed in accordance to the Central Composite Design data analysis method. Observations of final radish plant height, root length, weight, and percentage of germination were quantified using the two independent variables. It was found that the optimum growth conditions were 25 mL of water daily, and 10% biochar in the soil. The results of this experimental study will help farmers on both large and small scales improve crop productivity and soil quality, as well as help mitigate the effects of climate change.