Here are some general tips centered on the research for the literature review. Some of them should be pretty obvious though.
-Gather as many sources as possible as soon as possible.
-Use the university's electronic academic source search engines.
-Get training from a librarian on how to use the above if you're not sure or are rusty on the use.
-Use the interlibrary loans.
-Once you have a slew of sources use a priority-assigning system to organize your sources.
This is based on my experiences with my senior thesis for my major before I completed my undergraduate work. At times, it seemed that I would arrive on the edge of the internet looking for sources using those academic search engines. It gets frustrating if you don't know how to use them efficiently.
-Joel from Southern California
this is a common issues doing biological control of weeds research with pathogens (fungi) in the field. Cant stop the fungi from spreading to the adjacent controls unless the controls are off site but then is it really a control. Could you compartmentalize them different treatments? Different sections of the greenhouse? But same greenhouse, same lights,etc.
getting a bunch of similar purps will be more of an issues. not aware of any TC ones for sale as liners..... They do have rubra and some hybrids..........
IE: Plant access...
If no liners or large quantities are readily available...
As you mentioned going to Lowes or elsewhere, perhaps talk to the store manager and ask if he can order you a case, at a discount.
Many store managers will do a special order if they know they are going to get paid for the whole thing. Many store managers will not however!
As for another course of action, gathering a mass of Sarr. Seed and beginning Tricoderma treatment at that point could show results also, even if growth is limited to one year. (I relate this to your already established experiments with Sarr. Seed germination and growth.) The variation of seed types could be inconsequential compared to the overall growth rate found comparing treated from non-treated.
The seedlings size can also help in separating 2 or more batches of "samples",(with their own "terrarium/grow chamber") with less worry about "cross contamination" via bugs captured. Both growing indoors and the small size of the seedlings, makes unwanted bug capture less likely.
I can attest that in general with most plants, I have had better plant growth this past year or so than in previous years, but I cannot confirm that it is directly as a result of utilizing Tricho. I have been doing a lot of "unorthodox" playing with my plants conditions, and the better than normal results could be any one of them, or none of them!
I am glad to see that someone has the time and desire to perform some actual controlled experiments.
Again, Good luck!
Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.
Is it a MS/MA thesis? If so, unless you're a good self-starter and, more importantly, a good self-finisher, I recommend that you limit yourself to something that fits in with your adviser's research. I never finished my first attempt at a MS degree because I followed my own muse and then got wrapped up in some unexpected, but peripheral results of my experiments. I took off in a new direction even after having a final draft of my thesis with all my graduate committee's notes on it, ready for the final edits. If you have any tendency to do that, be cautious about straying too far from someone's existing research program.
Bruce in CT
Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
Herenorthere has a good point regarding working with your advisor's research. Don't be afraid of sucking up, it often works. Convincing him will be the first priority. I don't have a lot to add to the good comments made already. I think no matter how simple you keep the experiment, it will be a long term study if you want to demonstrate statistical support for your findings. This means a lot of plants, the more the better. As a consequence, the need for simplicity is paramount as you will be dealing with the aspects of it daily and for a good spell. I did a paper which I consider worthy of a masters thesis as an undergrad which required a lot of time doing boring repetitive pollen counts and taxonomic identification of thousands of grains daily. The tedium was nearly unbearable at the end.
Try to source identical plants from TC to eliminate variables in genetic makeup. This is problematical if you are on a time line, but probably no more so than trying to acquire any large number of subjects. That's a hurdle.
Remember: statistics will be your best friend in demonstrating the scientific worth of your study. Learn how to present your data base intelligently by becoming acquainted with the software needed to express this.
Certain topics today are "HOT" intellectually speaking. "Green" gets the attention. Maybe you can use this to inspire interest, lol.
I salute you for your passion and interest, and hope you can realize your research goals!
"Grow More, Share More"
Also forgot: do not ever forget that you can always ask people for help. You are not alone. This day and age less so than 20 years ago. That was my mistake working on my MS. i wanted to get things perfect before I took it to the committee....
Thesis is complete! *Huge sigh relief* Graduation in 2 weeks.
For those interested, I did not end up going the Trichoderma route. Instead I chose to compare the dry prey mass and physical pitcher characteristics between S. leucophylla and S. leucophylla anthocyanin free. Keep an eye out in the near future for very hopeful publication *crosses fingers*.