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Study of the reality of using hydroponics and the effect of an innovative nutrient solution of reed on plant growth in the hydroponic system

Organization(s):Um hany basic school
Country:Oman
Student(s):Anfal bint Saeed Al-Rahbi Rahaf bint Idris Al-Khaseibi Azza bint Yahya Al-Sarmy
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher:nawar alrawahi
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Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Land Cover Classification, pH, Salinity (including Titration)
Presentation Poster: View Document
Optional Badges:Be a Data Scientist, Be an Engineer, Make An Impact
Language(s):English
Date Submitted:03/09/2022
The research aims to study the reality of using hydroponics with respect to climate change, and the effect of an innovative nutrient solution from reed on plant growth in the hydroponics system. This was done by answering the following questions: 1. What is the reality of using hydroponics in our society? 2. How can we create a nutritious solution for hydroponic system from reed? 3. What is the effect of using the innovative nutrient solution from reed on plant growth in the hydroponic system? A questionnaire was developed and published, and the research was applied in the school's hydroponics system, where the activities of the water protocol (conductivity, salinity, and acidity) were applied before and after adding the nutrient solution from the reed. In addition, the ground cover protocol for cultivated plants was applied and the growth rate was measured weekly. The results of the research indicated that the community members had less than average awareness of hydroponics (48.2%), and the scarcity of their use of hydroponic systems, whether in their homes or farms (12.8%). The researchers succeeded in inventing the nutrient solution from the reed and adding it to the hydroponic system, which resulted in better growth rates in tomato plants (4.25 cm within two weeks) compared to using regular nutrients from the market (3.06 cm within two weeks). Thus, the researchers recommend the need to spread awareness about hydroponics, and the possibility of exploiting the reed and using it in nutrient solutions for hydroponic systems.



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