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Hinsdale South High School ESRP 2016

The Effect of Glyphosate Concentration on GR Soybean Cotyledon Nutrient Levels

Authors:

  • Students:
    • Nupur Bahl
    • Shana Farhang
    • Aidan Kelly
    • Amira Malik
    • Katarina Martinet
    • Chris Meyers
    • Becca Timko
    • Jimmy Zhang
  • Teachers:
    • Stephen Snider
  • Mentors:
    • Robert Winarski, Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source, X-Ray Science Division)

Advanced Photon Source Sector 26: Microscopy

There is debate in the scientific community concerning the effect glyphosate application has on nutrient levels in GR crops like the soybean. Field studies have not been exhaustive and have largely been inconclusive given the diversity amongst soil types tested and areas of the plant examined. We propose to examine the nutrients found within the soybean seed in order to better evaluate the nutritional content as it pertains to human consumption. Varying concentrations of glyphosate will be applied to examine the ultimate effect, which will be evaluated by employing x-ray fluorescence.