As a new semester begins, we were asked to propose ideas for investigatory projects. Our idea revolves around the effects of pesticides on non-target organisms. Since frequent use of pesticides may potentially affect the health of the soil, we chose the earthworms as our target organism. Our experimental set-up was revolves around studying their growth. Two containers (Container A-Control, Container B-Experimental) would be filled with soil and other things that are essential for worms to live. In container A, normal soil would be used. On container B, we would spray pesticide on the soil and mix them so that it really gets in the soil. After that, we would place the worms (5 each container). The allotted time for data gathering and analysis is 3 weeks. Given this situation, we would observe the behavior of the worm each day for 10 to 14 days (depending on our schedule) and their growth on the last day by measuring their length, weight, and describing their color.
I think that our set-up is logical instead of finding farms that sprayed pesticide for the last 20 or so years which is difficult in our situation. Does anyone have any feedback on the particulars of the experiment based on previous research on the subject?