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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Plant structure and function  >  Roots (Plants)
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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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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. ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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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Giant fig tree, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, and titled 'Giant Fig Tree'. The image depicts a man posing between two saddled horses in front of a giant fig tree with an extensive root structure. The caption states that the tree ...

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Root: Avicennia pneumatophores (TS)

This is a high-resolution image of a section of tissue from the University of New South Wales Virtual Slide Repository. These resources can be manipulated like prepared microscope slides. They can be viewed at selected magnifications of up to 40 times, and in some cases the apparent illumination of the specimen can be varied. ...