Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Biological Sciences - Ecology and Natural Resources: M.S.
College of Science and Engineering
Matthew L. Julius
Jorge E. Arriagada
Debra K. Japp
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Technological advances have allowed for increased accessibility and production of many goods to our growing world population. Food production is an area of increased interest; with research focusing on both increases in productivity and enhancing sustainability. Plant growth is a function of light, temperature, and nutrient availability. Carbon is a macronutrient acquired from the atmosphere and converted to carbohydrates in the leaves for delivery to other plant tissue regions. In this research we examine the use of CO2 infused foliar spray as a mechanism for enhancing CO2 delivery to leaves. This methodology enhances plant group while decreasing the use of chemical fertilizers and increasing carbon sequestration efficiency. This work demonstrates physiological modifications in plant biochemistry and growth consistent with CO2 uptake by the organisms. This evidence includes chlorophyll A enhancement and increases in biomass, maturation time, and fruit production. Research also identifies optimum design foliar mist delivery to target organism. An additional benefit of the application is also documented. The when CO2 is added to water the pH decreases. As the plant removes the CO2 from water for carbon assimilation, the pH increases. This pH instability in the microenvironment makes it difficult for certain bacterial and fungal micropathogens to establish themselves on the plant. Results of this work should be beneficial to growers in enclosed growing environments and urban situations.
Heredia Mendez, Mariana, "Carbon Dioxide Supplementation to Enhance Agricultural Production via Foliar Misting" (2020). Culminating Projects in Biology. 51.