Pine trees are not just for lumber production anymore. Researchers have discovered a yeast that is capable of digesting wood chips so that they can increase the ethanol yield provided. Forestry, environmental science, agriscience, and biotechnology can benefit from a story like this. Have a great week and happy reading.
This article illustrates just how far researchers have to go in understanding the interaction between plants and insects. Plants are a lot smarter than we give them credit for but scientists are catching up quickly. Researches have discovered that some plant species are fending off pests with little help from modern science. Enjoy!
Scientists are discovering that house plants are beneficial to humans in more ways than just brightening your office or living room. This horticulture related article would also work well in an environmental science lesson as well. I'll start being nicer to my English Ivy and Asparagus Fern now that I realize they are doing more than just waiting around for a drink of water.
I suspect this farmer couldn't replicate the result he got in the peanut field if he tried. Fortunately for your class, his bad luck with the weather will provide you with a great illustration of geotropism and how it works and what crop seeds rely on to properly germinate. Plant science, forestry, and horticulture will all have a good read on this one. I suspect even middle school and high school science teachers can find some value in this article. Feel free to send us your great articles and we'll write them up. There are 5 questions and answers for your to copy and paste for your bell work. Always remember to keep your seeds sunny side up.