Bisphenol A (BPA) is a ubiquitous raw material used in the production of many everyday things such as food packaging and baby bottles. While there have been many studies about the effect that this can have on water and animals, there are not as many focusing on how BPA exposure directly affects plant growth and development. In some of these studies, scientists grew plants and measured decreased amounts of elements in the soil due to the presence of BPA (Xia, Wang, Nie, Zhou, & Huang, 2016), while others focus rather on changes that occurred inside the plants, such as hormone and pH levels (Li, Wang, Wang, Yang, Zhou, & Huang, 2017), and electrical conductivity (Ferrara, Loffredo, & Senesi, 2005). These studies results, although with varying explanations for the part of the plant being directly affected, all showed that low doses of BPA can improve growth in seedlings, while higher doses can actually stunt their growth.
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