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The hypothesis that the roots of the germinated green bean will grow towards moisture if the soil is dry is disproved.

The growth of a plant can be induced by geotropism, phototropism, hydrotropism or chemotropism. Geotropism is how the growth of a plant is affected by gravitational pull. As the stem grows away from the gravity, the roots will grow towards the pull of gravity. Phototropism is how a plant will bend and grow towards a light source. Hydrotropism and chemotropism is the study of how roots will bend towards moisture or a chemical source in the soil.

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Try to repeat this science fair project by using different types of seeds like corn seeds or soy beans. Would your results be different?

The experiment can be conducted over a longer period of time to observe if the direction of root growth will change as the soil becomes drier.


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