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Plant inhibition

Why do some plants grow and some do not?
Participate in a simulation that shows how various factors influence plant growth and what role probability plays. Powerpoint with instructions and information included. See teacher background →

Teacher background

There are a variety of biochemical signals that can keep a plant from growing. These biochemical signals take a variety of forms and can disrupt normal function, or inhibit the synthesis of essential molecules needed for plant growth. Research in this area has led to push-pull agricultural pest management strategies now being used in Kenya and other African countries. Careers that use these principles include agronomists, plant pathologists, biologists, entomologists, soil scientists and researchers in other environmental and agricultural areas.

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Next gen science standards

Science and engineering practices

  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Crosscutting concepts

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Structure and function
  • Stability and change

Disciplinary core ideas/content

  • LS1A Structure and Function
  • LS1B Growth and development of organisms
  • LS2A Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • LS3B Variations of traits