Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – What Killed the Seeds?

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Most drugs used today come from nature, so the discovery of new ecosystems in the deep sea is exciting from a medical perspective. Scholars develop their own bioassay to test germination rates in seeds. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Review t-tests and standard deviation before learners get to the analysis portion of the experiment
Classroom Considerations
  • Utilizes a large number of radish seeds, which may be difficult to find depending on your location and time of year
  • Assumes prior knowledge of chemosynthesis
  • Eighth in a series of 16 lessons
Pros
  • Provides many related lessons, links, videos, and resources for those that would like to explore further
  • Includes instructions and photos of how to make a bioassay
  • Reminds participants of the importance of a control sample
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  • None
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