Every year the students team up in groups and choose a research project which they undertake throughout the year. This gives them the experience in complex research methodology, organization and analysis of data as well as comprehensive and meticulous group work over time, precious experience they can use later in life for a number of objectives.
We have decided to present three of these projects before the end of the year arrives. Each month until September, we will describe one final project, just to give an idea of the variety and comprehensiveness of these projects, while giving credit to the hard working students who deserve it.
Group members: Phurba Phurba, Deepak Ghalley, Jatsho Jatsho, Sonam Dorji
Objectives: To know which soil medium is best for tomatoes, in which soil the tomatoes grow fastest and how long it takes for the tomato to germinate in each soil.
Hypothesis: The best soil for faster growth is a mixture of vermiculite and soil.
Methodology: The students planted tomato seeds in four different combinations of soil, vermiculite, vermiculite and manure, vermiculite and soil and soil. These were covered and kept in the green house and watered regularly and similarly.
Economic Importance: The tomato is an extremely popular vegetable crop. Its popularity has grown rapidly all over the world over the past century and it is grown in greenhouses, outdoor fields and net houses. Tomatoes also are a good source of vitamins, including Vitamin A and C which is important for bone growth, cell division and helps regulating the immune system as well as many other benefits. In Bhutan as well, demand for tomatoes is high and the Bhutanese depend on tomatoes grown in India.
Results: After presenting their results extensively and professionally through a series of graphs, the students concluded that the vermiculite and soil mixture was best as it had 100% germination, the seedlings were taller and they grew more leaves, meaning their hypothesis was correct.
|Different medium||Number of seeds germinated.||Percentage of seeds germinated out of 16 seeds.|
|Vermiculite and organic manure.||16||100%|
|Vermiculite and soil.||16||100%|
Future Recommendation: They recommended that in order to perfect their conclusion the health of the plant and the quality of the fruit should be checked and included in the parameters. This means including, quality fruits, number of plants survived and diseases affecting the plant.