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Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources​

The Botany and Plant Pathology Outreach Programs is pleased to provide you with these resources that can be used in your classrooms, ideas for science projects, or to increase public awareness about plant science and plant disease related topics.

The Story of Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology: Past to Present is a colorfully illustrated story describing the origin, relevance, and science of plant pathology. The story unfolds as told by Anton deBary, the father of plant pathology. This Flash presentation is voice narrated in either English or Spanish. A coloring book version is available from the APS website. Also available on CD for classroom or kiosk displays that contains student worksheets, answer sheets, a teacher's guide and answer key. The CD version only works on older versions of Windows/Macintosh Operating Systems.  To obtain the Windows/Macintosh compatible CD, contact Amy Deitrich​.

Teaching Mater​ials

K-12 Plant Path-Ways to Science

"K-12 Plant Path-Ways to Science"-- this website is sponsored by the American Phytopathological Society (APS) Education Center to assist science and biology teachers in the K through 12 grades interested in developing interactive laboratories and demonstrations that teach the basic principles of science and the scientific method.

Fun with Fungi in the Classroom

Growing a Pineapple at Home 

Growing a Pineapple at Home (pdf file 95K)​ - Instructions on how to propagate and grow a pineapple.

Powdery Mildew Fungi: Classification and Ecology

"Powdery Mildew Fungi: Classification and Ecology" -- by Gail E. Ruhl and Claudia A. Jasalavich. An introduction to a common group of fungi, the powdery mildew fungi, which are obligate parasites of plants. This exercise can be used to explore the ecology of a diverse group of fungi and/or as a way for students to learn about how fungi are classified. This lesson does not require the purchase or maintenance of special cultures, since powdery mildew fungi are easy to find on plants in nature. Teachers and/or students collect leaves infected with powdery mildew fungi from different kinds of plants and examine them with dissecting and compound microscopes.


"Why Aquatic Herbicides Affect Aquatic Plants and Not You" by Dr. Carole Lembi
Aquatic herbicides are used to demonstrate scientific concepts regarding herbicide toxicity, persistence in the environment, dosage, mode-of-action, carcinogenicity, bioaccumulation and other public concerns.
Download the movie (.m4v)​  | Presentation Transcript​
You may also request the DVD or CD (Windows/Macintosh) of this presentation by contacting Dr. Lembi.​​

Professors in the Classrom

Do you ever wish you had help showing students the connection between your classroom and the outside world? Many of our faculty are willing to come and speak to your high school classes -- free of charge. Below are talks that can be given to your class by professors from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology:
  • Agricultural Research: Why it is More Important Than Ever- a brief introduction into food production, world population, and why agricultural research is more critical than ever to meet the demand for food and fiber over the next 20 years. Dr. Ray Martyn, Professor
  • GMO's: What Are They and Why All the Fuss? - The introduction of genetically modified crops has had a major impact on agriculture. How are GMOs produced? Why do farmers grow them and why do some people object? Dr. Peter Goldsbrough, Professor and Department Head.
  • What is Life?- We can tell a living thing from a non-living thing...right? Maybe it's not so simple. This lecture will discuss the nature of the universe with respect to the earth and its living organisms. Emphasis will be on the origins and the early evolution of life on earth. Dr. Steve Hallett, Assistant Professor.
To arrange a "Professor in the Classroom" to meet with your class, please contact:
Dan Gottschalk
Youth Development & Agricultural Education
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053
Phone: (765) 494-8423
Fax: (765) 496-1152


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