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    Martha Mamo University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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  • Sustainable Agriculture Models in the Midwest
    Instructor: Chuck Francis
    Established with the aid of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant, this project was created to offer insight into what sustainability within agriculture actually looks like. Spread across eastern Nebraska, ten different farming operations are featured across the twenty different videos. Each farmer was interviewed by a high school student from a nearby school about what their operation does, how and why they choose to manage it in a certain way, and what makes it sustainable as well as what would make it more sustainable. Each video is accompanied by a short document including an overview of the operation, teaching objectives, and several questions to foster classroom discussion. Context specific modules were created encompassing the concept of sustainability as defined by social, economic, environmental factors. These additional modules pull information from across the different farmers to illustrate an overarching concept. It is our belief that creating modules exploring these three areas will increase appeal to educators outside of vocational agriculture departments. Business classes could easily incorporate the module on Niche Marketing or Biology classes the module on Soil Health. Our belief is that the true value of this tool lies in its locality. Resources for sustainable agriculture curricula are readily accessible with a quick Internet search, but few offer the added benefit of being directly applicable to the classroom’s region. These videos bring the farmer from the field into the classroom to enhance a segment of valuable, already packed class time with ease--providing instructors with the ability to connect course concepts to a real, regional farmer. The goal is not to substitute school to farm visits, but to facilitate an easier, less time-intensive alternative to readily supplement daily course material. Discussion documents that compliment each video provide contact information for the farmers to open up the possibility for taking the process a step further and bringing the classroom out to the farm. A deeper discussion may ensue following an introductory discussion based upon the provided video segments. Further, promotion of the cross-disciplinary potential of the videos will broaden the audience of students being exposed to alternative systems of agriculture and illustrate the relatedness of agriculture to every subject.

  • UNL Plant Breeding and Genetics Symposium

    Please join us for the 2016 UNL Plant Breeding and Genetics Symposium! March 29, 2016   We have a new website please follow the link below.  CLICK HERE

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    Terminator Technology in Cotton Plants
    The "Terminator" technology is designed to make biotechnology-derived plants produce non-viable seeds. This animation depicts how one type of Terminator system works in cotton.
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    Codificación de los Genes
    Esta animación muestra como un gen está construido para eventualmente producir una proteína en una planta de maíz Bt (Bt corn). Esta es la quinta de una serie de siete animaciones que detallan el proceso de ingeniería genética de cultivos.
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    Генная пушка Gene Gun - Russian
Featured Lessons
  • Backyard Mystery Backyard Mystery is an NSF-funded bio-STEM curriculum.  Materials target National Science Education Content Standards in Life Sciences for Grades 5 through 7.     
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  • Real Time PCR - Some Basic Principles Real time PCR is a laboratory technique that can perform relatively accurate, reliable and reproducible measurements, to quantitatively determine the presence of specific gene sequences. Its value is...
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  • Auxin and Auxinic Herbicide Mechanism(s) of Action - Part 2 - Advanced The selective control of broadleaf weeds in cereal grain crops by auxinic herbicides has made this group one of the most widespread and important herbicide families in use. These herbicides are thoug...
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  • Deliberate Mechanical Defoliation of Perennials A scenario to accompany 'Perennial Plant Response to Defoliation"  and provide an opportunity to apply the concepts learned in that lesson to a real-life problem
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  • Greening Up the Greens - Transpiration Application Scenario A scenario to accompany the online lesson, 'Transpiration - Water Movement Through Plants'.
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Universidad de Costa Rica
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