Possible Physics Projects Involving Photosynthesis and Respiration?

In summary, a group of students in a physics course for life science majors are planning to conduct a self-directed experimental project on measuring photosynthesis and respiration rates of plants under different conditions. They are looking for suggestions on how to make the project more physics-based rather than biology-based, such as filtering light or examining the effects of temperature.
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Hello,

I'm taking a physics course targeted at life science majors and over the next few weeks we're to do a self-directed experimental project and then do a write-up/presentation on the findings. My group's current plan is to measure the photosynthesis and respiration rates of some plants under different conditions and to discuss that.

To me, that seems a bit too biology-based but I don't know what physics I can fit it into it (I have no ideas for other projects either so I'm just going with it) to make it a little more interesting and more of a physics project rather than biology.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.
 
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How about filtering the light to see the effect of the wavelength of incident light? The effects of temperature might also be interesting.
 
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