Journal of Undergraduate Research


chenopodium quinoa, salinization levels, soil


Life Sciences


Plant and Wildlife Sciences


Chenopodium quinoa is native to the Peruvian Andes and has been an important food crop for more than 5,000 years. C. quinoa can adapt to a wide variety of climates and altitudes, making it a viable food source for areas of the world that have little rainfall or experience dramatic seasonal changes in temperature. Further, according to a study conducted in 20161, quinoa was found to be extremely salt tolerant without detriment to the grain. High salinity tolerance suggests that planting quinoa may potentially improve soil conditions, however, little research has been conducted on the bioremediation effects of C. quinoa. This study explores the hypothesis that growing C. quinoa will reduce levels of salinity in soil.