BSC2011L Biology 2 Lab, Homework 1 Essay - The Effect of Ammonium Nitrate on Fern Spore Germination BSC2011L Introduction Around the world ferns have

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The Effect of Ammonium Nitrate on Fern Spore GerminationBSC2011L
Introduction Around the world, ferns have been said to be the one of the most successful vascular plants. This is due to the fact that within an extremely large range of habitats, ferns continue to have the ability to reproduce. This is done by meiosis, thus germinating haploid spores. More specifically though, Ceratopteris ferns occupy a smaller range of habitats. They often live within an aquatic environment or can be grown within a humid greenhouse pot, making them readily available for study by scientists. Pursuing this further, Ceratopteris ferns reproduce fairly fast, with a spore becoming mature within about 3 weeks, and with a decent amount of gametophytes produced with each. On the other hand though, although they often can survive in several different habitats, chemicals in that habitat do have an effect upon the fern’s nutrients, and how many spores each fern can and will germinate. For example, it has been found that copious plants supplied with

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