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1. Describe the effects of the ECB infestations you used. Were all corn varieties equally effective at controlling the ECB? How do you know?
-For the first experiment I used the Super harvest non-BT crop with a low infestation. When I measured my kernels I found that I had: 159.1 in Pot 1, 155.0 in Pot 2, and 157.5 in Pot 3. When I used the BT 123 Corn and used a high infestation I found that my numbers became much higher: 155.1 in Pot 1, 163.0 in Pot 2, and 163.9 in Pot 3. During my second experiment I used a different type of corn called Golden crop non-BT crop, but this time I did not use an infestation, and my numbers were very high. I had 181.6 in Pot 1, 182.8 in Pot 2, and 189.8 in Pot 3. By Day 140 using the BT 123 corn with a low infestation I found: 164.0 was the weight in Pot 1, 162.6 in Pot 2, and 168.3 in Pot 3. Whether all corn varieties were effective in controlling the ECB (European Corn Borer), I feel that it handled them well. The weight off the ears of corn explains it all. I still came out with wonderful numbers once I weighed them.

2. If there was no ECB infestation in a certain year, would a farmer gain or lose financially by planting Bt corn? Explain why.
- From my experiment I can see that without the infestation the farmer would definitely gain financially. This is because the farmer would not have to worry about the depletion in the corn (meaning there would be more corn on an ear). The numbers were surprisingly big even with the…...

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