BSC2011L Biology 2 Lab, Homework 2 Essay - The Effect of Ammonium Nitrate on Fern Spore Germination BSC2011L Abstract The report is about the

BSC2011L Biology 2 Lab, Homework 2 Essay - The Effect of...

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The Effect of Ammonium Nitrate on Fern Spore Germination BSC2011L
Abstract The report is about the germination of Ceratopteris fern spores. Found in copious areas, these spores grow in abundance. While they grow though, they are affected by several factors just as other plants are, one of which being chemicals. A specific chemical found to affect the germination and growth of the spores was NH 4 NO 3 , also known as ammonium nitrate. After diligently testing the effects, it was learned that ammonium nitrate did indeed affect the germination number, and then they produce less with this chemical present. Also, an F-test and T-test was conducted and it was found that there was homogeneity of variance, but no significant differences. Scientists should continue to pursue the effects of different compounds upon the plants around us. 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. 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.

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