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During the rest of the morning, and the early afternoon, I check transects in which I have put seeds with and without dung, and determine the fate of every seed. I do this every two weeks for each transect. I record whether the seed is on the surface, or buried, if it has been eaten by a rodent, or if it has germinated.

At about three o’clock I get my dung and seeds. My seeds are already marked with a long piece of thread glued to it, so that I can easily locate them and tell whether they have been buried by dung beetles or not. I take the 500 grams (g) of dung that I collected in the morning, and make 50 small dung balls, 10 g each. In each dung ball I put one seed. And again I am off to the forest, to lay these seeds in dung on a new transect, one every 10 m.

After setting up my transect I am done for the day, and I am glad to be able to take of my sweaty and dirty clothes, and have a refreshing bath in the stream. After that, I relax for a while in my hammock, reading a good book, until dinner is ready. After dinner, I take the seeds that I will set up in another transect the next day, and glue a piece of string to each of them. At 8 o’clock I am ready to go to bed, hoping that it won’t rain too much during the night, because that may "wash away” the day’s effort.

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