An ecologist studying desert plants performed the following experiment:
She staked out two identical plots that included a few sagebrush plants and numerous small annual wildflowers. She found the same five wildflower species in similar numbers in both plots. Then she enclosed one of the plots with a fence to keep out kangaroo rats, the most common herbivores in the area.
After two years, four species of wildflowers were no longer present in the fenced plot, but one wildflower species increased dramatically. The unfenced control plot had not changed significantly in species composition.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 4, 2021, 10:19 pm ad1c9bdddf
The ecologist performed the experiment and found the following:
Control plot: had five wildflower species
Experimental plot (with no kangaroo rats): had one wildflower species
The only difference between the two plots was the presence or absence of ...