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  • TCAP Undergraduate Community
    Jamie Sherman jsherman@montana.edu Mary Brakke brakk001@umn.edu Deana Namuth-Covert dcovert2@unl.edu
    Undergraduate Students in TCAP Click on the map below to see where TCAP students are located across the country.  Once the map opens in a new tab you can click on the red dots to learn more.   Undergraduate Research Internships in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding The Plant Breeder Training Network for Undergraduate Students (PBTN – US) provides an excellent experience for students who wish to understand the science of plant genetics and plant breeding and acquire training in research. Students will gain knowledge and skills by assisting a graduate student with research and, with advice from their graduate mentor, planning and implementing an independent research project.   Purpose To meet global demand for food in the coming decades, new crop varieties adapted to conditions of changing climate, limited land, water and nutrient resources and unyielding disease pressure are needed.  This work requires the collaborative efforts of scientists with knowledge in the areas of genetics, genomics, breeding strategies and experimental design and the application of tools of molecular genetics and computational biology.   PBTN-US provides a way for undergraduate students to gain experience and skills in many of these areas, to learn about careers in research, and to prepare for the next step in their own research career. PBTN – US provides: paid research internships mentoring by trained graduate students interaction with undergraduate interns at other institutions interaction with professional plant breeders in academia and industry funds for travel to a scientific conference to present research results   To learn more about research internships, click below for a description of research projects and contact information. Research Projects http://triticeaecap.org/?q=node/11   Please contact us with any questions you have about plant breeding or internship opportunities.   Mary Brakke brakk001@umn.edu   Jamie Sherman  jsherman@montana.edu   Deana Namuth-Covert dcovert2@unl.edu

  • New Instructor Testing Community
    Deanna Leingang Deanna.Leingang@gmail.com
    Welcome to the new instructor testing community! This community will serve as a testing area for new passel instructors; you can practice editing different features of this community before starting to build your own class or community. If you do not yet have an instructor account and would like to use the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary to create a class or community space, please contact us via the link below.  If you are a new instructor in contact with our team, we can grant you ownership access to this community. Please contact us using the link below if you do not yet have ownership access. To begin (and determine if you have access), click on the home icon in the upper right of your screen. Your homepage should have a list of all PASSeL communities you have created or joined. You should see "New Instructor Testing Community" under "My Owned Communities." You will see several options under the title, including View, which will bring you back to this page, and Edit. To see a complete list of the community editing tools and instructions for navigating your instructor account, click here. 

    Contents of this Community may be viewed only after joining. A joining request requires approval by the Community owner before access is provided.
  • 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.

Featured Animations
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    Gel Electrophoresis
    This animation explains how gel electrophoresis works. The affect of fragment size on movement through the gel is demonstrated.
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    Bacteria Transformation
    Illustrates the beginning stages of gene cloning. This animation shows how plasmids become recombinant and are inserted into bacteria cells. This is the second of four animations detailing the gene cloning process. To begin at the beginning, see Making a Recombinant Plasmid. (To see the next animation, go to Making a Gene Library.)
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    La Síntesis de Etileno
    Esta animación muestra la ruta de síntesis del etileno y su inducción por las auxinas y el estrés ambiental.
Featured Lessons
  • Mitosis and Meiosis and the Cell Cycle Understanding multicellular organisms requires an understanding of the lifecycle of the cells that make up the organism.
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  • Module 2: Biotechnology and the Consumer This lesson discusses the risks and benefits of biotechnology as well as the common consumer concerns with biotechnology.
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  • The Interaction of Light with Biological Molecules This lesson describes the nature of light, the energy within photons and how this energy may be transferred to biological molecules. In addition, the beneficial and harmful methods for de-exciting mo...
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  • The New Bts
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  • Just the facts Description of the fundamental concepts of trait inheritance in sexually reproducing species.
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Cornell University
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