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Field Practical: Posing Questions in Ecology
1.) Observation: Ferns tend to grow more abundantly alongside the stream or where water is present than any other environments.
Question: Does being close to water helps fern to reproduce more successfully? What does water provide to ferns that make them growth abundantly alongside it?
2.) Observation: Birds tend to inhabit in tropical biomes more often and sing (to attract mate) than drought biomes.
Question: Does being in tropical biomes help birds to attract mates?
3.) Observation: Finches rests at small branches of bushes more like of trees
Question: Does siting in small branches, provide resistance to finches so they won’t fall over?
4.) Observation: Ants prefer to make inhabitant inside the eucalyptus tree a lot more than underground.
Question: Does environment inside the tree provide more successful conditions for ants in order to survive? (e.g genetic drifts associated with underground).
5.) Observation: Spiders use small bushes as a factor in order to produce web to catch the flies.
Question: Does small bushes help to keep up the spider web or do spiders feel more agile in terms of motion in those plants?
6.) Observation: Plants in drought area tend to have a pointy shape leaves unlike tropical forests or other jungle biomes which are broad
Question: Does have a pointy shape in area like drought which lacks water help them to store water for longer time?
7.) Observation: Some plants like Teucrum Rasemosum only inhabit in dry areas.
Question: Does the conditions in dry favour the growth of that specific plant? (e.g temperature, moisture)
8.) Observation: Plants in dry areas tend to have lighter green colour in compare to plants from other tropical or rainforest jungles where plants are dark green (different morphology).
Question: Does low colour related to the water storage inside the vacuole? Does the lighter the colour of the plant in dry area means that they can store water for longer period of time?
9.) Observation: Relatively large underground hole was observed in Cryptoqum which could be assumed to be for a rabbit.
Question: does conditions for that environment favours underground species?
10.) Observation: Finches more move around small bushes and inhabit there.
Question: Does living near small bushes make them easier to access food resources? Or communicate better?
I predict that water content and growth of the fern have mutual relationship, such that as water content increase, ferns would have better reproductive output thus more abundant.
Went to garden and observed that Dicksonia sellowiana growths abundantly in “group” along the creek observed with relatively medium water content Figure 1. It is hypothesised that water content helps to increase the reproductive output of ferns which would increase the abundance mutuality. This experiment aims to show the mutual relationship that is present between these two elements. According to the study from Schwerbrock...