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View Resource Around the World With Brassicas

Wisconsin Fast Plants, rapid-cycling brassicas, are part of a large family of plants called crucifers (Latin = Cruciferae). This resource tells the story of Crucifers, which are easily distinguished...
View Resource Around the World with Brassicas

This PowerPoint slide show (slides with notes) is an updated version of the original show that Dr. Paul Williams (who bred the first Brassica rapa or Fast Plants) used to tell the story of Brassicas....
View Resource Bees and Brassicas: Partnership for Survival

Background information for teachers and an activity description for engaging students in the processes that occur during pollination, fertilization and seed development in Fast Plants. Symbiosis...
View Resource Dihybrid Overview

This web page provides an overview of dihybrid inheritance of the purple and nonpurple stem traits and the yellow-green and green leaf color in Wisconsin Fast Plants.
View Resource Farming Fast Plants

This Farming Fast Plants activity introduces a classroom investigation that is easily adaptable for all grade levels and designed to engage teachers and students as investigators. The activity has...
View Resource Fast Plants Glossary

This webpage from the Fast Plants website is a glossary for frequently used botanical/biological terms.
View Resource Growth, Development and Flowering in Fast Plants

This document provides extensive background information about how Fast Plants grow and develop. The distinction between growth and development is explained. Also discussed is how genetics plus...
View Resource Hairy's Inheritance: Investigations into the inheritance of hairs on Fast Plants

This Powerpoint presentation contains copies from the Father of Fast Plants, Dr. Paul Williams' research notebook and photos documenting some of his investigations into the inheritance of hairs on...
View Resource Quantitative Variation, Selection and Inheritance with Fast Plants

This article describes how Fast Plants can be used to help students understand how, through genetic selection associated with phenotypic variation, traits are passed on to future generations. This...
View Resource Rapid Cycling Brassica rapa (Wisconsin Fast Plants) Genetic Terminology

This glossary was developed for students, teachers and scientist to help with communication about the genetics of Fast Plants through standardized genetic terminology. The Wisconsin Fast Plants...
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