However, there might have been so many other factors that might have contributed to the recorded observations. For example, there is the likelihood that sunflower seed predators were limited hence the impact was not substantial. Moreover, the seeds probably deterred predators by either chemical emissions or grain strength. Other factors that might have contributed to this observation might have emanated from the person performing the test. For instance, handling seeds with bare hands devoid of gloves might transfer predator-repellant chemicals to the seeds.
Concerning the impact of seed predation on the grain size, the analysis revealed that there was no significant difference between seed sizes (sunflower and lentils) at a 95% confidence interval. Basically, at 1 degree of freedom, the test value (0.00733) was below the critical value (3.84).
Therefore, we conclude that seed predation among seed sizes (lentils and sunflower seeds) was absent. Basically, on relying on seed sizes alone without keeping other factors constant the ensuing results would not reflect the true picture. Ideally, seed predators have diverse taste preferences which cut across grain sizes. As such, given a variety of grain species with different sizes, it is no surprise that a predator would opt for a smaller grain. In a nutshell, on the â€˜observatory hill,â€™ there is the likelihood that there was a limited population of preferred predators (of lentils and sunflower).
However, in an ideal situation where the two samples (lentils and sunflower seeds) present equal preferences to a consumer (predator) than sunflower seeds (big size) would be the most targeted. Other factors that might have contributed to the observation above could have emanated from the nature of the seed. For example, toxics and bitterness act as predator repellants. Moreover, there could have been an artificial factor that sneaked into the system e.g. chemicals present on the hands where gloves were not used during seed placement.
In the future, to obtain accurate results then the person should be advised to use gloves when placing the seeds to minimize the introduction of an artificial factor. Also, on determining the impact of seed predation on the grain size, the design should dwell on one variety of seeds to eliminate the effect of taste preferences. Finally, the â€˜observatory hillâ€™ chosen ought to be diversified to be a representative of a natural ecosystem.
In a conclusion, the experimental design met its objective which was to partly determine whether there exists seed predation among seeds (sunflower) placed in different environs (covered or open), and partly to determine whether the same is true with seed sizes (sunflower and lentil seeds). As such, it was concluded that in both scenarios there was no significant difference in seed predation.
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