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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

Lesson: Can we feed the growing population?

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In this lesson from National Geographic Education, students explore the resources that make up our agricultural system. Students examine land uses and soil quality through graphs of land use and crop production and use computational models to compare the effect of different management strategies on the…

Lesson: Will there be enough fresh water?

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In this lesson from National Geographic Education, students will explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth. They will examine models of porosity and permeability, run experiments with computational models, and hear from a hydrologist working on the same question. At the end of the lesson,…

Case Study: How to read a paper in Plant Physiology

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This 17 page PDF guides the reader step-by-step through a paper published in Plant Physiology. The paper examines the genetics of flower color in pea and is attached as part of the PDF. The resources helps a student to understand the types of content found in various sections of a research article, and…

Epigenetics - The science behind the poster

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This introduction to epigenetic regulation in plants, with nice graphics, is suitable for high school students or older. Source: Science and Plants for Schools View resource

The ant, the butterfly and their chemical warfare with an oregano plant (2015)

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From PBS, 2015. An engaging summary of a fascinating Open Access article - Plant defenses against ants provide a pathway to social parasitism in butterflies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences. 282: 20151111. Patricelli, D., Barbero, F., Occhipinti, A., Bertea, C.M.,…

Using Transgenics to Explore Plant Immunity (web interactive)

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A step-by-step pictorial summary of how researchers use mutant and transgenic plants to understand plant immunity - suitable for teachers, high school students and others. Source: HHMI, University of North Carolina, Anna Stallman View resource

Bringing Biotechnology to Life - Agricultural Literacy Lessons

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This resource is for science educators and others interested in learning more about biotechnology and its role in food production. There are seven lessons and activities covering topics such as DNA, selective breeding, agricultural biotechnology, and more. Lessons Include: Design 'Y'er Genes …

Digital Library for Earth System Education

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The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE supports Earth system science…