Hypothesis Testing

Acid rain affects the growth of plants, and thus impacts food production negatively. The research, “Acid Rain; New Acid Rain Findings from Nankai University Reported (Swift Acid Rain Sensing by Synergistic Rhizospheric Bio-electrochemical Responses)” by Li, Wang, Zhou, Liao, Zhou, Wan, An, Du, Li, and Ren (2018) determined that the existing monitoring and response mechanisms to the effects of acid rain are either expensive or slow, and observation of the damages caused takes a longer time, especially when the damage is irreversible. The researchers in the article aimed to investigate the applicability of Rhizospheric Bio-electrochemical Sensor (RBS) in monitoring and detection of acid rain.

In every research conducted, a methodology applied is important in justifying the observations and results achieved. The researchers of this hypothesis applied a methodology to validate the applicability of RBS as a faster and simpler technique of monitoring and responding to the effects of acid rain. The research highlights various observations and results, though the means through which the application being tested is applied is insufficiently elaborated. The article thus provides results and observations, though with less sufficient methodologies to justify the hypothesis being investigated.

Consequently, the observations and results provided by the research does not highlight the aim of the hypothesis, which aimed to investigate how RBS can be used to monitor and respond to the effects of acid rain. The observations and results of the research highlighted the effects of acid rain to crops, instead of providing the impacts of using RBS as a means of monitoring and responding to acid rain (Li et al. 2018). The results of the research therefore do not support the targeted hypothesis.


Li, T., Wang, X., Zhou, Q., Liao, C., Zhou, L., Wan, L., An, J., Du, Q., Li, N. and Ren, Z.J. (2018). Swift acid rain sensing by synergistic rhizospheric bioelectrochemical responses. ACS sensors, 3(7), 1424-1430.