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Plant Cell Structure - Plants are unique amongst the eukaryotes, organisms whose cells have membrane-enclosed nuclei and organelles, because they can manufacture their own food.
Classification of Plants & Animals - At any one time in history, there are millions of different kinds of plants and animals in the world. In 1753, a scientist in Sweden named Carolus Linnaeus thought of an orderly system for classifying plants and animals.
Fun Facts about Fungi - Penicillin can save lives. Truffles, found by pigs, are a delicacy. Did you know that ants farm fungi? These and other amazing facts.
Lichenland - Know that flat green stuff found on rocks? That's lichen. Lichen is a an alliance between a fungus and an algae. Find out more.
BOTANY COURSES & LESSONS
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Botany Class - Free botany course online for high schoolers.
Great Plant Escape - An elemertary plant science program for 4th and 5th grade students. Each of the lessons in this program is interdisciplinary, designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how food grows.
Hawaiian Ethnobotany - Botany course that illustrates its points with lovely Hawaiian plants.
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The Effect of Music on Plants - In 1973, a woman named Dorothy Retallack published a small book called The Sound of Music and Plants. Mrs. Retallack placed plants in each chamber and speakers through which she played sounds and particular styles of music. She watched the plants and recorded their progress daily. She was astounded at what she discovered.
Mold Terrarium - I mean really! Do you really have to PLAN to grow mold in a jar of old food? Just grab something that's been in your fridg too long and make the observations.
How to extract DNA from anything living - Using your blender and an onion, here's how you can extract some long strands of DNA.
Fun Science Fair Projects - Some ideas and methods to help make it easier for you to have a prize winning botany science project. From Janice Van Cleve.
Mummified Apple Recipe - Science is used in the study of how ancient Egyptians created mummies. Create a mummified apple. Does it last as long or longer than a fresh apple?
Operation Colored Mulch - Can plants "see" colors? In a way they can, and then they react to the colors they "notice."
Plant Growth Experiments - The instructions here outline a protocol for conducting plant growth experiments in the laboratory. You may want to make adaptations for use in a greenhouse or outdoors.
Celery Stalks at Midnight - Did you ever wonder how a paper towel can soak up a spill, or how water gets from a plant's roots to its leaves? The name for this is "capillary action."
Extracting life from a plant - OK Reeko, so how do plants take in water, I've never seen them slurping it up with a straw? This experiment should shed some
light on this question.
Spineless Potatoes - In this experiment we will introduce you to a principle called osmosis. Using simple household items we will demonstrate what osmosis (the natural passage or diffusion of water -- or other liquids -- through a semi permeable membrane,) is and how it works.
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Chaparral and Fire - When we say that plants are adapted to fire, we mean that the plants actually need fire as part of their lives, and that the plant species could die out if fire didn't occur. Sounds a little strange, doesn't it? Why would plants have anything to do with fire?
The Dirt on Soil - This is a world where fungi lay traps for thread-like worms. Bacteria dine on toxic chemicals. The smaller the creature, the stranger are its habits. Take an interactive journey into the dirt beneath your feet.
Natural History for Bell County Texas - Presented here are some of the things in nature that I have observed and captured as images. Hopefully this will help motivate others to make their own observations. Most of the material presented is from Central Texas in the vicinity of Bell County, but much of the material applies world wide.
RECOMMENDED READING: BOOKS ABOUT PLANTS
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