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blue light effect on radish seedlings; interesting results??

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:59 pm
by caltenPIE4
Dear Expert,
Hi, I grew radish seeds in blue light from an ipad and another set in halogen light. My blue light samples had blue, purple, blackish spots when I viewed them under the microscope. I couldn't see the spots with my naked eye or with using a magnifying glass.
It doesn't appear to be a fungal issue and it's only on the 8 blue light radish samples. I tried to google it but I couldn't find any explanation for the spots. I wondered if you can help me understand what the spots might be. I think they formed as a result of the blue light. I have done some background research and some studies indicate that blue light may be damaging to human skin, so I wanted to investigate blue light on plants.
Thank you for your time,

Lysie A., 8th grade scientist

Re: blue light effect on radish seedlings; interesting results??

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:56 pm
by NanditaN425
Hi and welcome back to SciBuddies!

I really like your project idea!
I did some research and found that blue light may cause certain increases and decreases in antioxidants in plants, contributing to different leaf colors. In a similar sense, maybe it applies to the blue spots on your plant. Here's the link: https://gpnmag.com/article/effects-of-blue-light-on-plants/

Also be sure to check if the blue spots are not mold:)

Hopefully this helps!
NanditaN425

Re: blue light effect on radish seedlings; interesting results??

Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:33 pm
by caltenPIE4
Dear NanditaN425,
Thanks for your reply to my question. I will definitely read the article and I plan to try the experiment again and use a different kind of microscope to view the structures. Hopefully I can identify what they are.
THank you,
Lysie