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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Plant structure and function
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Plants

This learning object contains a series of simple animations that explores the structure of a plant and how it works. Further graphics explain photosynthesis and how plants form part of the food chain. Students are provided with a tool for developing ideas about further research. The resource also contains several self tests. ...

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How plants work

Plants are the only living things that can make their own food. They do this during the day while it's light, using a process called photosynthesis, which uses carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. During the day and night plants take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide through respiration. Discover just how important plants ...

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Flowers: living factories for making seeds

Can you imagine a world without flowers? Flowers add colour, scent and beauty to our world. But why do plants make them? Discover the real purpose of flowers and how they do their job.

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Alien life form

Help an alien to understand how plants are adapted to life on Earth. Choose different combinations of leaves, seeds and roots. Design a plant that is best adapted to surviving in a particular environment. Adapt the plant for survival in specific environments: mangroves, cool rainforest, mountain slopes and arid land. Find ...

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What on Earth?

Help an alien to understand how flowering plants are adapted to living on Earth. Watch a demonstration about plant functions such as photosynthesis. Then examine plant parts to see how they work. This learning object is the first in a series of two objects titled 'Plant life'.

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Germinating corn seed showing root hairs

The corn seed in this photograph is starting its germination process. At this early stage the yellow seed is only growing a main root. From this root thousands of fine root hairs are sprouting.

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Vegetable gardens

Have you ever grown vegetables? In this clip you will discover many things about vegies and how they grow. Presenter Nick Hardcastle will even show you how to make a vegetable garden in a box. Find out which vegetable is actually a flower, which are the best seasons for planting and picking, and how deep to bury seeds.

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Sending seeds into space

Why might we need to keep a collection of seeds from all over the world? Where would we keep a collection like that? Should we send some of them into space? Watch this clip to reveal answers to all these questions and more.

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Uses of herbs: past and present

Learn about some of the most useful plants in the home. Find out how some different herbs have been used throughout history and are used today.

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Plant leaves

Leaves come in many shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Watch this clip to discover how leaves make their own food and transport energy to the rest of the plant. See how they can even be useful after they've fallen to the ground. Presenter Nick Hardcastle and some young helpers will also show you a fun, creative activity ...

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Wattleseed: a promising new cooking ingredient

If you were a farmer, what native plants could you grow to provide a new food crop? Find out how Mark Lucas, a South Australian farmer, makes use of scientific research and innovative chefs to create a market for a new native plant food product.

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Protecting exposed lake beds during drought

Visit the Lower Lakes near the mouth of the Murray River in 2009. Step onto the dried-out lake floor and watch what the wind does to the sand. How can planting rye grass help to stop erosion and to control a toxic environment in the mud beneath the sand? Find out in this clip.

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Developing bush tucker into a seed crop

Which native plant might provide a ready-made crop that could be used as a very nutritious food source? Meet two South Australian growers who are investigating just such a native crop. Find out more about the seed crop that does not require significant amounts of water or fertiliser and has a long history of use by Indigenous ...

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Where does bread come from?

Do you know where your bread comes from? Discover how many other foods can be made from wheat flour. This clip tells the story of wheat from the farm to the factory. See how the big machines in a flour mill make flour from grains of wheat.

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Growing apples

Do you like eating apples? This clip shows where apples are grown. Learn how the apple farmer (orchardist) looks after the apple trees so they can grow lots of healthy fruit.

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Stephanie Alexander schools project

Does your school have its own kitchen garden? Gardening Australia presenter Leonie Norrington meets with Stephanie Alexander, renowned cook, restaurateur, and founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Stephanie strolls through the kitchen gardens of two Darwin schools and discusses the program and its ...

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Plant Organs

Students use this introductory resource consisting of two slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the names and functions of some plant organs. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Sites2See: Garden materials to grow an idea

A page with links to a range of gardening and horticulture resources, including a video interview and tour with plant scientist Tim Entwistle and sites with planting guides and tips for vegetable gardening.

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The secret growth of plants

Many flowering plants produce seeds so they can reproduce. Many non-flowering plants use spores to reproduce. Watch time-lapse photography of a dandelion and a horsetail plant growing and changing during a daily cycle, and over a few weeks. See which one produces seeds and which one produces spores.

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Preparing compost for pumpkins

Dirtgirl prepares some compost for her pumpkins. She has a secret compost ingredient for growing the biggest, healthiest pumpkins. Find out what it is!