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The Food Chain Laboratory is a mini-simulation for grass and mice. The laboratory is a one hectare of the ecosystem that is completely isolated. No grass, mice, or foxes can enter from the main ecosystem. You can design your own experiments in this part of Food Chain.

You select how much of each stage of grass is to be put into the laboratory. In this way, you can watch the grass progress from stage to stage.

You can also select how many mice from each stage can enter the laboratory. In the way, various trends of mouse populations can be easily seen.

You will also seeds the starting seed density and biology students. Both of these parameters have impact on your experimental results. So set up your dependent and independent variables.

The laboratory has many prepared dens for mice families. These dens are electronically monitored to record data about these families. Getting an understanding about mouse families will be useful in the Ecosystem and Quest because the quality of data is not as great.

Foxes cannot be put into the laboratory because one hectare will not produce enough mice to feed one fox. Such a fox will starve before the first month is over. If you want to find correlations for the foxes, you will have to observe the Ecosystem.

We really encourage you and other biology students to write papers about what you have found out about their laboratory trials and submit them to be published in the Food Chain Journal. The more you share your insights, the quicker Food Chains fans can master Food Chain.

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