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Effect of Ultraviolet Light on Plant Development

The Objective : Does reducing the amount of ultraviolet light on pea plants affect the plantsâ## development, fruit production, and chlorophyll levels?


To start my project I built a new habitat for the pea plants. I created three different environments for the pea plants: Control, Receiving UV Light, and UV Light Blocked.

A total of five pots grew in each environment. I routinely measured the height of the plants using a centimeter ruler and photographed the plants growth.

The plants eventually produced flowers and then pea pods. I harvested the peas, measured and weighed each pea pod, and then separated them into individually labeled Ziploc bags : one for each pot.

After the first harvest, I arranged to take my plants to UCI and Marko Spasojevic, a graduate student, allowed me to use his Department's SPAD meter, or chlorophyll meter.

The SPAD meter measurements enabled me to calculate the levels of chlorophyll in the leaves of the pea plants.


The pea plants growing in the Control environment produced 16 pea pods, those growing in the UV Light environment produced 22 pea pods, and those growing the the UV Light Blocked environment produced 34 pea pods.

The average length of the pea pods growing the Control environment was 7.44 cm, in the UV Light environment was 6.18cm , and in the UV Light Blocked environment was 6.69.

The average weight of the peas pods in the Control environment was 3.62 grams, in the UV Light environment was 3.84 grams, and in the UV Light Blocked environment was 4.00 grams.

Lastly, the average number of peas per pod in the Control environment was 5, in the UV Light environment was 6, and in the UV Light Blocked environment was 6.


The pea pods from the UV Blocked environment were also the heaviest and had the highest number of peas per pod. A surprising result was that some of the pots in the Control Group environment produced no peas. Also, a mold developed on the plants in the UV Light Blocked environment. This is probably because ultraviolet light is necessary for the production of vitamins which inhibits the mold growth. The plants in the UV Light Blocked environment were likely unable to produce the vitamins to stop the growth of the mold.

This project was to see how Ultraviolet Light emmited from the sun affects plant growth, fruit production, and chlorophyll levels in pea plants.

Science Fair Project done By Diane L. Polyakov



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