The Effect Of Nitrogen On The Growth Of A Sapling Essay

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Introduction Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plant growth, being a key component in the process of photosynthesis and is a part of the chlorophyll molecule. Nitrogen acts to increase the amount of the green chlorophyll in plant leaves which allows them to absorb the optimum amount of sunlight by increasing the surface area of leaves to hold the chlorophyll and optimum amounts of nitrogen in a plant allow it to produce enough foliage in order for it to successfully photosynthesise efficiently, therefore producing the right energy it needs to function. I am interested to see how the levels of nitrogen in the young saplings, measured from the leaves of randomly chosen plants, affects the rate at which they grow around the radius of their trunks and whether there is a significant relationship between the two. I would expect that certain levels of nitrogen are the most optimal for the growth of a sapling where enough is present to allow the most efficient production of photosynthesis in its leaves as the energy produced in this process would allow growth throughout the rest of the plant. At very low levels I could expect growth rates of saplings to be very slow or not at all and as the nitrogen levels in a sapling’s leaves increases for the growth rate to increase to a certain extent. There would however be likely a point where an increase in nitrogen levels does not mean a higher growth rate as too much can be detrimental to other components in a sapling’s health,
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