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  • Salt Stress Impacts Photosynthesis in Algae

    Salt Stress Impacts Photosynthesis in Algae

    Data Points

    Scientists investigated how salt affects the photosynthetic electron transport chain in freshwater green alga.

  • Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Seed Dispersal in Tropical Forests

    Activities

    In this activity, students use data from published studies to understand patterns of seed dispersal and apply these ideas to the design of a conservation area.

  • Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

    Activities

    In this activity students analyze data on the expression of the tb1 gene and use it to formulate an explanation as to how a specific difference in the corn version of the gene explains the phenotype of less branching.

  • Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation

    Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 3 sec) Watch researchers follow brown spider monkeys in a tropical forest of Colombia to determine which plant seeds they are dispersing. Seed dispersers are critical to the forest’s ability to grow and regenerate. 

  • Root Movement

    Root Movement

    Phenomenal Images

    Students explore photos of plant cells as an anchoring phenomenon to explore the response of plant cells to stimuli.

  • Dating Corn Domestication Using Carbon Isotopes

    Dating Corn Domestication Using Carbon Isotopes

    Data Points

    To study the change in diet as human populations changed lifestyles from hunter-gatherers to agriculturalists, scientists measured carbon isotopes in the collagen tissues of human skeletons from North America.

  • Selective Breeding in Maize

    Selective Breeding in Maize

    Data Points

    Researchers performed the longest-running, controlled artificial selection experiment to study whether they could increase the protein concentration of maize (corn) by selective breeding.

  • The Teosinte Hypothesis

    The Teosinte Hypothesis

    Activities

    In this lesson, students work through the mathematics and concepts behind George Beadle’s claim that teosinte is the wild ancestor of maize. Also available in Spanish.

  • Popped Secret Film with Quiz

    Popped Secret Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (17 min 51 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the evolutionary origins of corn.

  • Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Lesson 6 - Biomes and Landscapes

    Activities

    In this lesson, students will use an interactive map of Gorongosa National Park to learn about biomes. They will then explore E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBook to learn about the varied landscapes and vegetation types in Gorongosa.

  • Patterns in Nature

    Patterns in Nature

    Science Talks

    (35 min 51 sec) Regular spatial patterns abound in natural systems. Understanding how patterns arise in ecosystems provides insights into how these ecosystems function.

  • Film Guide for Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Film Guide for Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement the film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn, which tells the story of how geneticists and archaeologists have come together to determine how and where corn was domesticated nearly 9,000 years ago. Also available in Spanish.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Points

    Dr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.

  • Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

    Short Films

    (17 min 51 sec) Where did corn come from? Genetic and archeological data point to what may seem like an unlikely ancestor: a wild Mexican grass called teosinte. Also available in Spanish.

  • Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Activities

    A lesson in which students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the K-T mass extinction.

  • Breeding Corn from Teosinte

    Breeding Corn from Teosinte

    Clips

    (52 sec) Corn was originally bred from the teosinte plant by native Mexican farmers. The morphologies of modern-day corn and teosinte plants are compared to illustrate how artificial selection can bring about dramatic changes in plants.

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