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Final Paper: Abundance and Diversity of Microorganisms in a Soil Community
Due in your drop box on Tues. Dec. 10 by 4pm for all students.
You will write a partial scientific paper on our semester-long project, Abundance and Diversity of Microorganisms in a Soil Community. Required elements are title, abstract, introduction, results (including a narrative as well as figures and/or tables) , discussion, reference page. You can omit the materials and methods section. This research paper should use experimental evidence from your work this semester to explore our investigative questions: How crowded is this community? How do individuals in the community find a niche (compete for limited resources and/or co-operate to provide useable resources for others)? Your working hypothesis is that extreme diversity (metabolically, structurally, and evolutionarily) provide the community with members that vary significantly in their requirements and their strategies for survival. Co-operative and competitive behaviors as well as extreme diversity should help the community survive and thrive. Do you have evidence from your testing that supports this hypothesis? Refutes it? Although your paper should focus on the soil community you studied, a scientific paper should include an analysis of the significance of the findings and suggest where this research might lead. In the Google doc of course results you have the data for the other type of soil some of your classmates studied. Your discussion might suggest shortcomings or positive aspects of your soil community vs. the other type we studied or other types you can read about in the published literature.
Pay close attention to your instructor's feedback on the results sections you did as homework and seek clarification if needed. Please refer to information about writing in a science style found in your Sakai lab site in the Science Writing folder. A grading rubric will also be posted there. Please download and refer to it BEFORE and AS you write your paper. Good luck.