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Practical Guide 7: Ecology

Published by the Nuffield Foundation this Revised Nuffield Advanced Biology Practical Guide is linked to chapters 26 – 29 of Study Guide II. Technical information and notes for teachers about the practical activities is given in Teachers’ Guide II.



Chapter 26: The organism and its environment

26A: A qualitative study of a community

26B: The effects of different water regimes on plant growth

26C: The relationship between nettle distribution and soil phosphate

26D: The autecology of woodlice

Chapter 27: Organisms and their biotic environments

27A: Intra-specific competition in Drosophila

27B: Inter-specific competition between two Lemna species

27C: Inter-specific interaction between clover and grass

27D: The holly leaf miner (Phytomyza ilicis) and its parasitic insects

27E: A study of inter-specific associations

27F: A grassland survey using sampling techniques

Chapter 28: Population dynamics

28A: Sampling methods for small invertebrates

28B: Capture-mark-recapture technique

28C: Population growth in Chlorella

28D: Population regulation in the water flea, Daphnia

28E: The responses of a predator to changes in the number of its prey

Chapter 29: Communities and ecosystems

29A: A quantitative study of an ecosystem

29B: The energetics of the stick insect (Cavausius morosus)

29C: A study of decomposer organisms in the soil

29E: A comparison of the growth of tolerant and non-tolerant seedlings when exposed to metal ions

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