Join a graduate student from The Ohio State University’s Translational Plant Sciences program for a discussion on how plant research is impacting our society. Learn about how current research is leading to new farming techniques and advances in bioengineering and food sustainability. Conduct an activity demonstrating how cutting edge research may transform latex production, as it can be harvested from shrubs in the US rather than trees in South America.
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With the included kit of materials, you can extend the discussion beyond the videoconference. Activities include:
- Exploring Alternatives to Rubber Trees: Conduct an activity using non-rubber tree latex to create a “glove” and compare this properties to that of other materials.
- Explore Genetic Engineering: Research genetic engineering in order to have a debate about the pros and cons of the topic.
- Explore Food Waste: Conduct an activity to develop a better understanding of the food system and their individual contributions to food waste.
- Food Securities Role Playing Game: Play a card designed to describe innovations in food loss, compare the costs and benefits of reducing food loss and understand methods governments use to combat food loss and hunger.
- Role of Soil in Plant Development: Plant corn in different soil conditions and explore the impact of each on plant growth.