esoeder
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Chromatography Results Question

Postby esoeder » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:22 pm

I am studying Beech Leaf Disease. I tested diseased and non-diseased leaves using chromatography. There was a dark green-colored band on the chromatography paper for the non-diseased leaf. There was a faint yellow green band on the chromatography paper for the diseased leaf. Does this indicate that Beech Leaf Disease disrupts photosynthesis?

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Re: Chromatography Results Question

Postby Quark2 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:12 pm

It would seem likely that Beech Leaf disease would help inhibit photosynthesis, considering the results of your chromatography. The lack of a dark green band likely indicates a lack of green chlorophyll, the most essential pigment for photosynthesis. If Beech Leaf Disease somehow disables or changes the pigment, photosynthesis could be obstructed. However, you should consider other possibilities that could lead to this difference in chromatography color.

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Re: Chromatography Results Question

Postby FRickels » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:57 am

Hi esoeder!

I agree with Quark2's observation, and I think it would be beneficial to do more trials of your experiment to make sure it is a repeatable result. Depending on how much time you have, 5 to 10 trials will help you make sure that is isn't just an anomaly.

Fiona
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