Plants

What's Happening to All the Bees? | Things Explained

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In this episode of Things Explained, we look at the importance of pollinators like bees and the important role they play in our daily lives. We also explain the decline in bee population and why this is so alarming.

Spot on Science | Invasive Plants

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Dr. Emily Rauschert, Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology at Cleveland State University, explains the qualities of invasive plants and how they are harmful to other plants, ecosystems, humans, and the economy. She shares samples of bush honeysuckle, phragmites (common reed), English ivy, and giant hogweed.

SciGirls | Dra. Amelia Merced: Bióloga / Biologist

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Dr. Amelia is a microscopist in Puerto Rico researching plant development and diversity.

NOTE: Video is in Spanish, with subtitles in both Spanish and English.

SciGirls | Asombrosos Arboles 02: Recolección de Datos (Data Collection)

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The SciGirls are collecting data about trees in the city and the forest. They go to the rain forest to measure a tree and look at the plants and animals that live on and around it. The SciGirls will compare this data with what they collected about the tree in the city.

SciGirls | Asombrosos Arboles 03: Análisis de Datos (Data Analysis)

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The SciGirls look at the data they collected from the tree in the city and in the forest. They compare the data they found to see if there are any differences. Additionally the girls look at some photos to understand how old the trees are and find out some surprising information.

Harvesting Plants in Space

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Find out how researchers and astronauts teamed up to study the growth of an ordinary plant in space—and why that impacts farming back on Earth—in this video from SciTech Now partner Science Friday. Students will explore two contrasting ideas about how plants and their roots grow in the absence of gravity, discover new factors that influence plant growth and design their own space farming experiment.

Citrus Greening Disease | America's Heartland

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Discover the impact of citrus greening disease on Florida's citrus trees and, potentially, its economy, and examine what's being done to stop the spread of the disease.

Flight of the Pollinators - Clips | Wild Kratts

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Join Chris and Martin as they explore the process of pollination and learn the important partnership between plants and animals. Watch the accompanying clips to see how Chris and Martin uncover the amazing delivery system of plants and their animal partners.

The Best Acorn Planter - Clips | Wild Kratts

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In these clips, Chris and Martin are absorbed in a hilarious competition to discover who is the best acorn planter--Blue Jays or gray squirrels--when a strange Creature Power Suit malfunction transforms Martin into an acorn and grows him into an Oak tree! Chris activates the squirrel powers of his Creature Power Suit, but gets waylaid by a bobcat and goshawk causing Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy to lose them. Viewers learn exactly how Blue Jays and squirrels compare to each other in their acorn planting techniques, the characteristics of an acorn forest, and the important relationship that forest animals share with oak trees for survival.

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.

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