“The Effects of Different Disturbances on Clover Density” In this lab, we wanted to see how different types of disturbances would effect the growth of clover on Cook Field at Miami University. According to CPAC clover has a high tolerance to disturbances such as grazing, stomping, and mowing. They are worried that the clover is attracting bees which sting undergraduates and ruins the green grass on Cook Field. This lab is designed to test and see if clover actually does grow better accompanied by disturbances or if the clover grows better when left alone. This lead us to our hypothesis in which we state: there will be a difference in the percent cover up of clover in the trampled versus un-trampled areas. This will help us test to see if CPACs statement is actually correct. In order to test our hypothesis, we went to Cook Field and measured out a ten by ten meter square. Half of us had a treated area which was located directly on Cook Field. The other half had the controlled area which was near Cook Field, but off to the side in front of Dorsey Hall.
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