The Plant Detective's Manual

A Research-led Approach for Teaching Plant Science

Gonzalo M. Estavillo, Ulrike Mathesius, Michael Djordjevi

ISBN: 9781925022179
Published: November 2014

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global challenges in food production and the impact of ever-declining
biodiversity are to be tackled, every country will need plant biologists who
have a deep understanding of plant morphology, physiology and genetics, and
how these interact to affect plant function in changing environments. These
scientists will also need the capacity to use an effective and powerful set
of technologies and research strategies. To prepare and inspire our students
to become that next generation of researchers and to instill a meaningful
involvement in research we created an integrated set of laboratory
investigations that we felt truly reflected the mysteries of plant biology
and puzzle-solving processes that we had encountered in our research
experience. Rather than a set of unconnected experimental activities, we
created a series of closely related experiments that focused on solving
`mysteries' in the life of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress). The activities charge students with finding the
`suspect' gene responsible for the specific phenotypes of an unknown
Arabidopsis mutant, which are encountered when they expose the plants to
different environmental stresses. This, we hoped, would give keen but
inexperienced student scientists a realistic taste of the joys (and
frustrations!) of plant science research.

Although thrilled by numerous university and national awards for our
innovative teaching, we have been most excited by the interest in our ideas
and experimental approaches from other plant science educators in Australia
and overseas, who are also seeking to improve their plant biology curriculum
and attract more students to plant sciences. We are thus proud to present
this manual as a gift to our colleagues worldwide. Here you will find a
detailed collection of state-of-the-art procedures in plant biology, as well
as background information on more commonly used techniques, and tips for
class preparation. The concepts and methods we present can be adapted to meet
the specific needs and expertise of the teaching staff, and provide
inspiration for scaling up for larger audiences, or simplifying for more
junior classes. Through this publication, we hope to support our teaching
colleagues in making a significant impact on improving the learning
experience of plant biology students worldwide, and hope that we will
motivate and inspire a new generation of plant detectives.

  • Format:
  • ISBN: 9781925022179
  • Published: November 2014
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Number of pages: 102
  • Width (mm): 205
  • Height (mm): 290
  • Depth (mm): Not specified
  • Weight (g): Not specified

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