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Soil Water: an Introduction

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides information on the solvent ability of water and the importance of this for plants, in being able to access the nutrients from the soil water through the root system. It discusses how the availability of plant...

Soil pH

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides background information on the effects of acidity and alkalinity on soil and how this affects plants that are grow in these soil types. Details are provided on calculating equilibrium constants and explores the...

Soil Structure

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides information on how different types of soil are dependent on the relative proportions of three main inorganic particles: sand, silt and clay.

Activities are suggested for students to carry out as part of...

Food and Animal Feed

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides information on the use of plants for animal feed. The demand for food is discussed and the health benefits from different food groups.

Activities are suggested for students to carry out as part of their own...

Useful Products from Plants

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides information on a range of uses for plant materials such as for, food, fuel, fibre and dyes.

Using Plants

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides information on a range of products made from plant materials, it discusses the service provided to humans by ecosystems and the challenge for scientists of making better use of plant resources.

Carbon Cycle

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides background information on the carbon cycle, including the roles of photosynthesis and respiration. The environmental effects of upsetting the natural balance are explained.

Activities are suggested for students...

An Introduction to Nutrient Cycles

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides background information on how nutrient cycles work, examples provided are carbon and nitrogen cycles. The core process in both nutrient cycles are included.

Making Compost

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides background information is provided on how compost is made.

Activities are suggested for students to carry out as part of their own research.

Nitrogen Cycle

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) ‘Challenging Plants’ resource pack, provides background information on the nitrogen cycle, including the nitrification, nitrogen fixation and de-notification. It suggests activities for students to carry out as part of their own research. It refers to the RSC...

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