Scientific Paper #1-Plant Competition Rough Draft

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Abstract: Introduction: Our experiment has to do with finding out whether or not intraspecific competition affects multiple characteristics of quickly growing plants grown in a controlled environment. For our purposes, competition is understood as the negative effect on fitness that two individuals (either of the same species or different species) that use the same limiting resource have on one another (Aspbury, et al., 2010). In our studies, the team has focused specifically on intraspecific competition which is simply when the competing organisms belong to the same species. It is essential for one to understand how any type of competition can effect a plant’s life cycle, for some plants are sensitive to the organisms they share their habitat with. Plant competition can directly affect the number of births and deaths of a population (Aspbury, et al., 2010). Developmental changes can occur also, some of them include changes in overall size and number, size, and timing of the emergence of several plant organs (Aspbury, et al., 2010). The chosen plant for this experimentation is Brassica rapa ( B. rapa ), commonly known as fast plants due to their quick six week life cycle. The plants life cycle along with being small and simple to cultivate make the organism an ideal species to study for intraspecific competition (Aspbury, et al., 2010). It has also been found that the fast plants are characterized by having a lack of seed dormancy, ease of breeding and considerable genetic variability (Gurevitch, et al., 1996). Collaboratively the group is measuring how developed the species is at the end of its life
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