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  • 12/01/2021 - Comments: Very interesting question! Supposedly the japanese barberry does harbor more ticks than other species. Could you be more specific about what similar native species you'd like to compare to? Would you compare to American barberry? Or another plant?

  • 12/01/2021 - Comments: This is an interesting question! But I'm not personally familiar with anything that says leaves decompose things. Can you be more specific? For example, are you asking why adding leaves to a compost pile help it break down faster? Or maybe you are asking why covering a particular item with leaves makes it break down vs. the same item sitting on pavement?

  • 12/01/2021 - Comments: Many different plants have evolved thorns, which implies that they must help the plants in some way. Otherwise the plants wouldn't keep making them. Sometimes when I have a question like this, I try to think of other perspectives I could use to find an answer. For example, I might pretend I'm an animal trying to find plants to eat, and think about which plants I'd like to eat and which I wouldn't. To make this more specific and measurable, you might reword the question to focus on a specific way that thorns might help plants. For example, "Do thorns keep plants from being eaten by animals?", "Do thorns help plants survive droughts?", or some other reason you'd like to test.

  • 12/01/2021 - Comments: From a chemical perspective, "wetting" is the ability of any liquid to stick to a surface. So water isn't wet -- it "wets" the things it touches. But other liquids can wet things too, so something can be wet even if it doesn't have water on it! If you wanted to make this more specific, you could ask how well water wets a particular surface vs. another surface.