Effect of Microwaved Water on the Growth of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) Seedlings


  • Olivia Charles Columba College, 399 Highgate, Dunedin, 9010, New Zealand
  • Maia Robertson Columba College, 399 Highgate, Dunedin, 9010, New Zealand
  • Anthony Stumbo Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street North, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand


Microwave, Lycopersicon esculentum, water, radiation, microwaved water, growth, germination


The purpose of this project was to investigate the effects of microwave-heated water on the growth of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) seedlings, in order to observe the effects of microwave radiation. Three groups of seedlings were used, one treated with tap water, one with microwaved water and one with boiled water and these were studied for 5 weeks. Analysis of the results showed that both microwaved and boiled water increased the overall growth rate of the length of the stem of the seedlings compared to tap water, with boiled water having the most positive effect. This suggests that the effects of microwave radiation were not harmful to the treated plants and therefore the use of microwave appliances in households to heat substances for human consumption may not alter these substances negatively or affect human health.


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How to Cite

Charles, O., Robertson, M., & Stumbo, A. (2021). Effect of Microwaved Water on the Growth of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) Seedlings. American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences, 83(1), 132–141. Retrieved from https://asrjetsjournal.org/index.php/American_Scientific_Journal/article/view/7134