What are harnessing plants?
To combat the increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the air, engineers have put in effort to breed a new variety of plants that keep carbon molecules in their roots. Scientists have been able to achieve this goal by engineering plants to contain more suberin, the most stable form of carbon, in their roots.
Why is it important?
Carbon dioxide is a major component of greenhouse gas, which accounts for the warming of the Earth’s average temperature. Rapid increase in the average temperature on Earth has created major environmental problems, such as melting of the ice in the Artic, rising of sea level and the deaths of many coral reefs that are sensitive to change in water temperature.
Students will be given an article regarding to analysis of harnessing plants and are expected to answer several questions related to the reading.
Also, they will be given a worksheet that will help them to understand the details of carbon cycles in ecosystem.
Materials: Case study article and worksheet
Below are links to download:
Harnessing plants Info sheet https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/6b539f_88d4eae32f844a2a9dd2e73e9f44a19c.pdf
Harnessing plants Case Study: https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/6b539f_c241926df39f45b8a0d34d18841124dc.pdf
Harnessing plants Activity sheet: https://static.wixstatic.com/ugd/6b539f_c1ee01a8c6e44f4db8965bafdad534cd.pdf