Write a 5 pages paper on interactions between predators and prey. As stated by Billick & Price (2011), this kind of interaction results into some species going through cyclic changes in their numbers thus sharp increases and periodic crushes can be observed.
This is because certain species are likely to reproduce many individual offspring beyond which the habitat in which they live can support. In this regard, species must have certain adaptations in order to gain an advantage for their own survival including the ability to run fast, adaptations, mimicry, moments of truth defences as well as camouflage. These abilities are then passed through to the offspring by the parents who survive.
The field that had been used for agriculture was left to recover for five years for grass to start growing before ten field mice moved in. since there was plenty of food the mice grew and start to reproduce. We assumed that a pair of mice produced three offspring in a generation and their parents do not die. To get the number of mice in a generation, the number of mice that initially moved to the agricultural firm were divided by two then multiplied by three. This was done for thirty generations assuming that there is plenty of food, water & no predators and results presented in the table and graph.
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This is the initial phase when the population adapts to the new environment hence shows a very small increase. Even though there is positive growth in the overall population, many mice are new thus trying to adapt to climate, water, food and other abiotic factors.
This is the period of rapid growth and is characterized by highly adaptable mice and the availability of abundant food, water and favourable climate. Exponential phase, often referred to as logarithmic phase is also characterized by low competition for food, water, space and the other nutrients.