Plants

This issue of Big Picture provides lots of interesting information about flowering plants and their uses. 

The plant hormones animation explores the action of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and shows how scientists used experimental evidence to explain the role of auxins in a phototrophic response.

The Happy Cells card game is useful for checking students' understanding of organelles in different cell types - plant, animal, bacterial and fungal.  

Curriculum links include cell structure, gas exchange, mass transport in plants, light-dependent reaction, light-independent reaction, photoionisation of chlorophyll, growth factors, hydroponics, using pollen in forensic science, transgenic crops, alternative energy sources, enzymes, carbon fixation by ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase oxidase (RuBisCO), epigenetics, plant diseases and defences, phytochemicals and the discovery of new drugs.

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