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The tulu, a popular ornamental plant, does not reproduce

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The tulu, a popular ornamental plant, does not reproduce [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2012, 15:36
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The tulu, a popular ornamental plant, does not
reproduce naturally, and is only bred and sold by
specialized horticultural companies. Unfortunately,
the tulu is easily devastated by a contagious fungal
rot. The government ministry plans to reassure
worried gardeners by requiring all tulu plants to be
tested for fungal rot before being sold. However,
infected plants less than 30 weeks old have generally
not built up enough fungal rot in their systems to be
detected reliably. And many tulu plants are sold
before they are 24 weeks old.

Which of the following, if performed by the
government ministry, could logically be expected to
overcome the problem with their plan to test for the
fungal rot?

(A) Releasing a general announcement that tulu
plants less than 30 weeks old cannot be
effectively tested for fungal rot

(B) Requiring all tulu plants less than 30 weeks old
to be labeled as such

(C) Researching possible ways to test tulu plants
less than 24 weeks old for fungal rot

(D) Ensuring that tulu plants not be sold before they
are 30 weeks old

(E) Quarantining all tulu plants from horticultural
companies at which any case of fungal rot has
been detected until those
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Re: The tulu, a popular ornamental plant, does not [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2012, 16:21
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The problem, according to the argument, is that the fungus in the tulu plant cannot be detected until after the plants is 30 weeks old. And since most plants are sold at 24 weeks, many end up with an infected tulu plant. An easy solution would to not allow tulu plants less than 30 weeks old to be sold. That way plants that are 30+ weeks old can effectively be tested for the fungus, thereby making sure no fungus-infected tulu plants are sold. Answer choice (D) clearly matches this logic.

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(A) Releasing a general announcement that tulu
plants less than 30 weeks old cannot be
effectively tested for fungal rot
this might help the buyers but not the issue of testing plants before it's sold.

(B) Requiring all tulu plants less than 30 weeks old
to be labeled as such
this will not solve the problem, the problem is - the testing of plant before it get sold

(C) Researching possible ways to test tulu plants
less than 24 weeks old for fungal rot
this can be done but will take time and it's not sure that the new way will be found or not.we want something immediate.

(D) Ensuring that tulu plants not be sold before they
are 30 weeks old
so that all the plants get tested before selling.

(E) Quarantining all tulu plants from horticultural
companies at which any case of fungal rot has
been detected until those[/quote]
this is not a solution, this is an escape and will not bring any positive result.

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(A) Releasing a general announcement that tulu plants less than 30 weeks old cannot be effectively tested for fungal rot - This wont discourage from buying infected plants - Incorrect

(B) Requiring all tulu plants less than 30 weeks old to be labeled as such - Labelling would not solve the problem at hand - Incorrect

(C) Researching possible ways to test tulu plants less than 24 weeks old for fungal rot - Long term solution rather than a short term one - Incorrect

(D) Ensuring that tulu plants not be sold before they are 30 weeks old - This would make sure the infected plants are identified before sold - Correct

(E) Quarantining all tulu plants from horticultural companies at which any case of fungal rot has been detected until those - Extreme steps to stop infected plants sale - Incorrect
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Re: The tulu, a popular ornamental plant, does not reproduce [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2014, 20:50
Hey all,

Thanks for the comments here, they're really helpful.

It would be amazing if someone could walk me through where my logic is wrong.

I saw both C and D as attractive answers, and chose C. I'll explain my rationale for all answer choices. Does my logic stink anywhere? More importantly, can someone explain why D works isntead of C, and where my logic is wrong?

(A) -- a notice won't reassure gardeners since they are still just as likely to buy fungal-ridden tulus
(B) -- labeling a tulu that is less than 30 weeks old will similarly not help gardeners avoid buying fungal-ridden tulus
(C) To me, C works assuming you can find another way to test plants less than 24 weeks old. Clearly current methods of testing this plant are not good enough. I liked this answer because, assuming the research pays off, the government can still meet their original goal (to reassure gardeners that the plants have been tested). Plus, as an added bonus, this answer choice won't force customers into changing their buying habits -- after all, the fact that customers buy tulus <24 weeks old indicate that they prefer these types of tulus. The only assumption here is that the research pays off...
(D) To me, D works so long as people buy tulus >30 weeks old even though they don't currently do so. As long as the assumption that people will simply buy older tulus (i.e. that there is no preference for young tulus over old tulus), this answer choicew works.
(E) Sounded kind of extreme when I first read it, and C + D looked attractive so I didn't give this one much thought. It seems like it won't necessarily stop people from buying fungal-ridden tulus as the quarentine occurs after the fact. Seems like a weak choice to me.

If someone could explain where my logic sucks on C vs. D, that'd be great :)
Re: The tulu, a popular ornamental plant, does not reproduce   [#permalink] 18 Jul 2014, 20:50
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