Plants

Roots and Shoots

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Kaya, Kiana, and Kalea model how a plant’s roots, stems, and leaves take up and store water from the environment, in this video from PLUM LANDING. Using sponges, waxed paper, and water, they compare how different characteristics, such as leaf thickness and a protective waxy coating, help plants store water and keep from drying out.

Baobab | San Diego Zoo Kids

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Learn about the diverse habitat of the wildlands of Madagascar by taking a look at the plants and animals of this ecosystem including the Baobab Tree.

Diagnosing Disease in Soybean Plants

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A plant pathologist diagnoses diseases in soybean plants and identifies the observable characteristics in the leaves, stem, roots, etc. that can indicate a healthy or diseased plant. Billions of people and animals depend on soybeans for food, fuel, and other products. So when the fields aren’t producing well it makes sense to try to figure out why. One field can have a different problem than the field next to it. The same field can have one infection one year and something completely different the next. And to make things even more complicated plants can suffer from more than one infection or disease problem at any given time.

Nebraska History Moments in Science: Nature & Environment

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Nebraska fun facts that are historical, arts related, science and literature based. This content falls under Nebraska State standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

Flood Plain and Higher Ground Habitats | NatureScene

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In this video segment from NatureScene, take a tour of the Congaree Swamp National Park to learn about where the high-ground and floodplain environments meet. The boundary between dry and semi-saturated ground supports a diversity of plants, including loblolly pines and beech trees on higher ground, as well as understory plants such as doghobble and cinnamon fern. Decomposers like mushrooms, which are also understory plants, help to break down and cycle nutrients back into the soil. Plant habitat and adaptation here are predominantly influenced by soil type and saturation.

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

Rare Nebraska Featuring the Rainwater Basin

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As a companion to NET’s The PlainStory podcast, NET has produced a set of immersive, experiential videos designed to give viewers a taste of rare Nebraskan habitats via 360 video and audio. We recommend viewing these using the Chrome browser and using headphones to get the full audio effect. We also recommend checking out The PlainStory podcast at plainstorypodcast.org, or wherever great podcasts are downloaded.

NOVA | The Reproductive Role of Flowers

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This video segment adapted from NOVA explains how flowers play a central role in the reproductive cycle of plants. Their striking array of colors, patterns, fragrances, and nectar all require lots of energy to produce. But it is these features that attract insects and other animals, which, in turn, carry genetic material from flower to flower. The video and illustration describe various parts of the reproductive system, including the stamens and pistil, which generate seeds and ensure the survival of an enormous variety of plant species.

Forecasting Suitable Habitat for Redwoods | Clue Into Climate

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With this video slideshow and accompanying lessons from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students learn that plants and animals must be able to adapt or move in order to survive significant environmental changes. Students also investigate how climate models are used to predict how species distributions may change as the planet warms.

Do Plants Think? | It's Okay to Be Smart

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For the last 50 years we've wondered whether plants can think... Haven't we?

How Plants Defend Themselves

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In this video segment from Nature: "What Plants Talk About," ecologist Ian Baldwin explains the many different and highly sophisticated ways in which plants, like wild tobacco, have adapted to identify and defend themselves from predators in hostile and often unfamiliar environments.

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