Analysis Of Dorothy Retallack 's Research On Plants And Plants

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Dorothy Retallack’s research over plants and music started from just the necessity to fulfill a requirement for her undergraduate biology class. They were required to do an experiment and she wasn’t sure what to do for it, so her professor asked if there was anyway she could use her major in it. So she decided she wanted to explore the idea if music can affect a plants growth. She ended up running four experiments and writing a book, The Sound of Music and Plants, because the newspaper wrongly quoted her and “miss worded” the results to her experiments. What spiked her interest was research that had been done before her on African Violets. The study conducted exposed the violets to sustained tones, B and D, to attempt to revive the drooping violets. The results of this test were that the drooping African Violets had become greener and began to regain lively shape. So Retallack’s interest was spiked and was encouraged to run similar experiments to see if she could get a similar result. For her first experiment, Retallack and a friend made space in her house to run the tests. She used a self-winding tape to play the tones every five minutes, then to have silence for every other five minutes and this was played for a period of twelve hours a day. The plants she used for the experiment were philodendron, corn, geranium, and African violets. “For the first 10 days all the plants thrived abundantly. However, by the 14th day the leaves of the geraniums in experimental group began…
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