Polycots selection investigation overview

New Fast Plants Polycots: Engaging & versatile for selection experiments

In the recorded webinar from August 5th, 2020 (posted below) we introduced a new line of Fast Plants AND learned conceptual data analysis teaching strategies with data scientist, Claudia Solis-Lemus of UW-Madison. Beneath the video recording you’ll find access to the teaching materials that accompany the investigation showcased in the webinar. Please check back for updates to this blog post …

Fast Plants were developed through conventional breeding; they are not genetically engineered plants

Are Wisconsin Fast Plants Genetically Engineered Plants?

Simply stated, Wisconsin Fast Plants are not genetically engineered plants. Rather, Fast Plants are the result of over 30 years of ordinary plant breeding that continues, today. This plant breeding began in about 1974, using the same ways of doing things that people have used for at least 10,000 years to tame/control and improve crops for human use (p. 65). In other words, …

counting-hairs

Counting Leaf Hairs on Fast Plants for Selection Experiments

Hairs are not often a trait that we associate with plants. However, of all the traits that students might observe in a population of Fast Plants, we can learn a lot about variation and natural selection by counting and selecting for the number of hairs on a leaf margin. Selective breeding to increase (or decrease) hairiness can provide an excellent opportunity …