Which Fruit Molds the Fastest? Essay

727 Words Jun 21st, 2016 3 Pages
Which Fruit Molds the Fastest?

Problem

Which fruit molds the fastest?

Materials

* Pears, Apples, Bananas * Plastic baggies * Fruit knife * Location: Kitchen * Pen and paper

Question

Which fruit, banana, pear or apple, will mold faster? Does fruit type effect mold growth?

Hypothesis

I think that bananas will mold faster than the apple or pear.

Variables

Independent Variable:
Type of fruit

Dependent Variable:
Time to mold

Variables That Need To Be Controlled: place left exposed to air, room temperature

Vocabulary List That Needs Explanation
Mold can be explained in the following ways:
1. Any of various fungi that often cause disintegration of organic matter.
2. The growth
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The apple and banana did not mold but they did change quite a lot. They all became brown and dried out; causing the skin to wrinkle and become very delicate. The apples; did not react the same as the pear, they only became a little bit brown and did wrinkle but did not mold. The banana; grew very brown and dry. It became so dry that it started to shrink and was like a large banana chip. The pear; reacted the fastest in molding and became very wrinkly around the edges. They began to shrivel up and lost their light and also formed a whitish-blue mold.

Conclusion

The pear molded the fastest in the two weeks I left them exposed to air.

Background Research
Studies show that fruit molds faster in room temperature than when in the fridge. Molds are microscopic organisms found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is alive, but it is neither a plant nor an animal. Mold is a type of fungus. It is part of a group of living organisms that are very common and serve an important role in the environment. Penicillin, an antibiotic that has saved many lives, is a type of mold, as is yeast. Mold is formed by microscopic creatures belonging to the Fungi Kingdom. When tiny airborne spores of mold burst, and then land on a favorable surface, they proliferate into visible

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