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Publication Year

2010

Abstract

Pollination is an essential part of the life cycle of flowering plants. We perform an experiment to determine how long a canary tree flower is accessible to pollinating insects so that fertilization can take place. We conducted an observational study where we measured the size of the same flower and charted its growth each day. With the observational data we constructed a scatter plot and from the graph we fit a cubic function to the data. We conclude that in the lifespan of a canary tree flower, pollination begins at 5 1/2 days and ends approximately 9 days later.

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This article was previously called Article 17.

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Advisors:

Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics

Laurie Walker, Director of USF Botanical Gardens

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