Plants

Dr. Enrique Vivoni, Hydrologist

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Dr. Enrique Vivoni is an Associate Professor of Hydrology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He answers the question "Why did you become a scientist?"

 

The Germinator | STEM Alive

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Create an attractive, reusable, seed germinator that allows students to easily collect data on root and shoot growth. View roots growing, create graphs, do experiments, and enjoy the “magic” of seeing dry seeds change into living plants!

Plants and Shadows

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Clouds and shadows mean plants live in a constantly changing world of light. Researchers identify how plants detect shadows and  maximize efficiency for capturing sunlight for photosynthesis.

Vegetation on the Prairie

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This video demonstrates the importance of vegetation to the platte river prairies. The amazing biodiversity on the prairie contains around 227 total grass species in Nebraska and 78 grass species.

Seasonal Science: Pine Pollen

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Why does everything turn yellow in spring? Because the pine trees produce yellow pollen by the bucketful every year at this time. This annoying ritual is necessary for pine trees to reproduce since pollen holds the male gamete.

Redwoods and Climate Change

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In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, follow a group of UC Berkeley scientists to the top of a 320-foot redwood in Mendocino County. See how scientists are trying to predict how the remaining redwoods and their descendants might fare in the face of climate change in the decades to come. 

Find more climate education resources in KQED's Clue into Climate collection.  

 

Plant Cells | Crash Course Biology

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Hank describes why plants are so amazing, including a discussion of their evolution and how their cells are both similar to and different from animal cells.

Urban Trees: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Tree planting in urban areas can reduce summertime temperatures, noise pollution, and harmful airborne particles, all while trapping some of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. In this video, students learn how trees are crucial organisms in urban foodwebs, and how planting and maintaining trees can benefit all elements of city living. 

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Solving Biology's Mysteries With Plants | MIT's Science Out Loud

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Some of the most powerful and useful things in our world come from plants. Who knew they could help us unlock some of biology's mysteries - all using an approach of mapping biological pathways!

Dinosaur Train | Planting a Garden

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In this Dinosaur Train clip, Dr. Scott the Paleontologist discusses different types of gardens and what it takes to grow a vegetable garden.

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