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Botany of Desire: The Apple Gene Bank

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Explore the natural gene bank of the domestic apple located in Central Asia.  Learn about efforts to preserve the genetic diversity of apples -- for both conservation and genetic engineering.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Tulip Mania

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Learn how the reproductive strategy of angiosperms, the class to which flowers belong, led to an explosion of diversity. Consider how tulips have enthralled humans across cultures and time.

Modern Sweetness: Sweetness Pleases

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Consider how the apple has evolved to satisfy human beings' changing desires.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Modern Sweetness: Genetically Engineering Apples

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Learn how scientists are attempting to enhance apples' defenses through genetic engineering.  Consider why it is important that they have a wide variety of genes with which to work.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Genetic Engineering and Pest Control

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Explore efforts to decrease the use of pesticides by genetically engineering resistance in plants.  Consider the debate over the benefits and risks of genetically modified organisms.

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The Botany of Desire: Dutch Flower Auction

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Go behind the scenes at the Dutch Flower Auction and learn how the human desire for beauty has given rise to a multi-billion dollar trade in a product with no practical value.

Botany of Desire: Manipulating the Tulip

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Explore the techniques plant physiologists use to study viruses.  Discover how breeders produce tulips with the desired durability, disease resistance, and beauty.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Modern Sweetness: Apples in the Wild

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Apples in the Wild

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Edible Apples and Monoculture

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Consider how human desires have shaped the history of the apple and how the practice of monoculture puts plants at risk.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.