In this topic from the Association for Science Education, students study the life cycles of plants and the adaptation of plants to different environments. The topic allows classes in schools across the world to exchange information about plant cultivation. The topic also provides a context for studying plant biology which leads to an exploration of the conditions needed for plant crops to grow well.

Students are introduced to management strategies for growing plants by looking at different approaches to pest control, cropping systems and propagation methods, and plant breeding (from traditional methods to genetic modification). After exchanging their findings and views with students in other countries, students compare and discuss the responses received from classes in other parts of the world.

This topic fits well into the biology curriculum. It links closely to sustainable development education and citizenship. In most countries it is suitable for students aged 12–16. It is only available in English.

There are still schools making active use of Science Across the World topics and exchanging ideas and information. For details visit the Science Across the World pages of the ASE web site.

This is one of a series of Plants topics developed as part of Gardens for Life which was funded by the UK Department for International Development, Creative Partnerships, Syngenta Foundation, DfES, Cisco Foundation and Future Harvest.

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