Growing plants in artificial lighting conditions: Photosynthetic rates of Dracaena godseffiana when exposed to various wavelengths

Maeghan Rush, Marlie Nightengale, Rendi Rogers, Traci Richardson


Plants use different wavelengths to produce glucose from photosynthesis. If plants reflect green light, and they are only exposed to green wavelengths, how will this affect their rate of photosynthesis? By exposing our plant to blue, green and natural lights, and measuring the CO2 levels we will determine which light caused the plant to photosynthesize faster. Because pigments in the plant’s leaves only absorb certain wavelengths of light, the specific wavelengths we expose to the plant will change the rate of photosynthesis of the plant. This research will help us to grow plants under artificial light and know which wavelengths help them photosynthesize faster.

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