So I'll start by saying that I'm a sophomore in a university as a biochem major. I've been presented with a possible opportunity to conduct a research project of my choosing. Naturally, my first thought was something related to aquariums. I was hoping to get some suggestions on some possible ideas related to and having anything to do with fish tanks, plants, or shrimp.
I want to do something that hasn't been done before. We know the effects of certain compounds on plant growth. We know the role co2 plays in plant growth.
I was thinking possibly something along the lines of selectively breeding shrimp to make a new variety, if there are any left undiscovered. Is it possible there are still unknown varieties? Something else that intrigued me was the genetics of shrimp. To my knowledge, it seems shrimp genetics aren't very scientific and little seems to be known in terms of dominant genes vs recessive and what not.
Research with vertebrates is possible, but just requires a little more paper work.
Just a few possibilities I thought of. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
For red aquatic submersed plants, you might look at anthryocyain production with 3 concentrations of jasmonic acid. No one has done that. That would tie in to the Biochem and molecular aspect of your degree. The cost for the JA is not too bad if you are at a research facility. Analyzing AC is not too bad either. Very little has been done with aquatic plants generally.
Shrimp genetics/breeding can be done but if you need several generations or you hope to develop a new type, well, what happens if it does not work out? What do you have left? Is there a back up plan in other words? They will want to be fairly sure you will get some useful data out of this. So you NEED back up plans, whoever is supervising or funding this, will be much happier if you address each step and a have alternative back up plans should things not go as planned, as is often the case. Happened to me many times, so I went with whatever came along and have always been rather quick to develop a new method or idea to use. Some folks have that knack, others, well it takes them a long time or they have fragile egos and need more personal time between failures. Fear not, most get over that after they finish grad school
Might be okay for some research projects, but I'd move away from this one.
Plants often can provide good short term alternatives vs critters.
I wanted to do Rift cichlid genetics when I was 10 and spoke with a few professors, they were encouraging, but they also mentioned the time involved and the tanks I needed.
Mutations in shrimp, now you are talking.
Seeing if you can identify a specific gene that controls the color in RCS, or white in CRS or or.........in the wild type vs the Fire Red inbreed. This will be most useful later for any Molecular Biology and I think you have PLENTY of other genes to check out between various shrimp types this way and you can also add chemical or environment stress to treatment shrimp and see if they upregulate different genes to help survive etc, Heat shock proteins etc are useful etc and other sub lethal stress genes.
The cost for that research is much more than the plant test I suggest, but also you have many good options and good grad school resume/good research skills. Be cool if you could transform the genes for color from CRS to RCS also, or an Amano with a RCS.
So we'd have these large red Amano shrimp.
those would be a couple of good ideas where'd you would have some options if the 1st test did not go so well/as expected.
I agree with the V, stay away from all that, JA is a more interesting plant growth regulator(hormones is really more a critter name).
Ethylene is well understood for it's role in flood/submergence response by plants in rice and many other species of wetland plants. Basically tells the wetland plant it is under water and to bolt for the surface if ethylene concentrations builds up internally, as gas diffusion is 10,000X slower in water than air, so it builds way up suddenly.
See Jackson et al for more on Rice, Ethylene, flood response, pant growth regulators.