The completion and analysis of the data produced by this experiment showed that sunflower oil will not serve as an affective pesticide. Sunflower oil did influence the C. maculatus’ ability to reproduce. Beans with 15ml/kg of oil were able to cut the number of eggs present by almost half. However, the analysis of the error bars showed no significance between the no sunflower oil and sunflower oil of either 5ml/kg or 15ml/kg concentration. This lead to the conclusion that while sunflower oil is capable of deterring C. maculatus from laying eggs on beans treated with the oil, the lack of statistical significance indicates that sunflower oil is an ineffective way to control the population of C. maculatus. Therefore, the aforementioned …show more content…
The temperature that the beetles were keep at was significantly higher than their ideal temperature that they typically experience in countries like African or Asia, where they are typically consider pests. This could have led to a change in the mating behavior that they typically exhibit in the wild resulting in skewed data. Adjusting the temperature to more closely watch that of countries like African or Asia would have fixed the issue. Furthermore, the small size of C. maculatus eggs made accurately counting all the eggs difficult resulting in a loss of accuracy in collected data. Ideally, a large amount of time should be spent in finding the accurate number of eggs present in a quadrant to get the most accurate results. Something that not all groups involved in the pooled data might have done.
A feature experiment could be conducted identical to this one, but instead of using only sunflower oil, other types of vegetable oil, like corn or olive, and other plant based liquids, like plant sap. This could test the effectiveness of other harmless and cheap plant based pesticides.
Ultimately, the experiment showed that sunflower oil can be a cheap and somewhat practical alternative to conventional persuasive. However, it would only be practical if access to conventional pesticides is very difficult, because analysis of the data shows that the difference between no oil treatment and treatment with 15ml/kg concentration was only statistically insignificant by a small