Effects of Aluminum Nitrate on C-elegans

Table: MED12
Experimentation location: School, Home
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Research Plan:

  1. Question or Problem being addressed


    • The effects of water contaminants, like aluminum nitrate, on C-elegans by studying quantity over time


  1. Goals/Expected Outcomes/Hypotheses


    • increased aluminum nitrate consumption will decrease the population/lifespan of the C-elegans
  1. Description in detail of method or procedures


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  1. Pour 3 NGM lite plates by melting agar in 20-30 second intervals and pouring into petri dishes
  2. Pour NGM lite control plate
  3. Pour NGM lite .1 g aluminum nitrate plate
  4. Pour NGM lite .5 g aluminum nitrate plate
  5. Inoculate all plates with e-coli
  6. Incubate plates for at least 24 hours, then chunk scalpel of Wild Type C-elegans into the plates
  7. Measure sample of .1 and .5 g of aluminum nitrate and spread onto designated petri dish
  8. Let sit in room temperature, and observe changes each block
  9. Look for things like changes in size, length, appearance overall that can connect to changes in growth
  10. Record these observations, to produce final analysis



Hazardous Chemicals, Activities & Devices


-     Aluminum nitrate is a possible hazardous chemical



  1. Bibliography: List at least five (5) major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites) from your literature review. If you plan to use vertebrate animals, one of these references must be an animal care reference.


https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35070617/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3906948/ https://www.socmucimm.org/news-media/an-overview-of-the-model-organism-c-elega/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6823147/ https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00244-022-00959-y

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