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Cooked Beans Experiment 
Do Cooked Beans Grow?

Problem:

How can we speed up the growth of a plant? The Goal of this experiment is to find out if heat and cooking will reduce or increase the growth of a plant.

Research:

There are many farms and agriculture centers all over the world today. They all plant raw seeds, which result to all the vegetables, and fruit we eat as food. Yet, when beans are cooked for a few minutes, they may become more fertile because they have already absorbed some water. Heat from cooking may destroy many harmful bacteria resulting in healthier plants also. It may also quicken up the process since it is getting rid of all unwanted material from the crop. To complete this project and to benefit from it, we must do accurate measures and have correct information.

Hypothesis:

When you boil a food, it will get rid of most bacteria and unwanted material. This means that if you cook the beans before planting them, it may speed up the process since there isnít many bacteria and such material to hold back the process of plant growth. In this case, the beans that are cooked more should grow better when planted then that less cooked or not cooked at all.

Material:

For this experiment, we used lentil beans.

Procedure:

First, we took half a pound of beans and put them in a pot that was 1/3 filled up with water. We took 7 petri dishes and labeled them with letters A-G. We also cut out paper towels just to fit the bottom of the petri dishes. Next, we took a spoon full of beans and put them in sample dish A. This is the sample that isnít cooked at all. Next, start turn on the stove so the water starts to boil. After that, we waited five minutes and then took another spoon full of beans and put them in sample dish B. This is that sample that is cooked for five minutes. We waited till the ten minute mark and once again took a spoon full of beans and put them in sample dish C. This is the sample that is boiled for ten minutes. At the fifteen-minute mark, we took a spoon full of beans like before and put them in sample Dish D. This is the sample dish that is cooked for fifteen minutes. We waited another five minutes and took a spoon full of beans and put them in sample dish E. This is the sample that is cooked for twenty minutes. We waited another five minutes and put a spoon full of beans in sample dish F. This is the sample that is cooked for twenty-five minutes. Lastly, at the thirty-minute mark, we took a spoon full of beans and put them in sample dish G. This is the sample that is boiled for thirty minutes. Next you take 7 moist paper towels and lay them on top of the samples to keep them moist. You must lay them next to a window in order for them to receive sunlight. Lastly, you must water them daily to keep them moist for 4-5 days and wait for results.

 
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