Chapter 20: Plant Diversity

Lignin

Video explaining how lignin helped plants adapt to life on land

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Plant#p00bkw3g

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Plant#p00bkw3g

(Main Idea: Plants have adaptations that allow them to live on land.)

Flower Phylogeny

Video in which a museum curator and evolutionary biologist describes research aimed at understanding the phylogeny of flowering plants

http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/multimedia/science-fmnh-ep-30-floral-diversity-and-pedicularis

(Main Idea: Seed plants include cone-bearing plants and flowering plants.)

Diversity of Flowering Plants

Slideshow highlighting a few of the reasons why botanists consider China the “Mother of Gardens”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/china-plants.html

(Main Idea: Flowering plants have unique adaptations that allow them to dominate in today’s world.)

Monocots

Collection of photos and videos illustrating the diversity of monocots

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Monocotyledon/by/rank/all

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Monocotyledon/by/rank/all

(Main Idea: Botanists classify flowering plants into two groups based on seed type.)

Dicots

Collection of photos and videos illustrating the diversity of dicots

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Dicotyledon/by/rank/all

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Dicotyledon/by/rank/all

(Main Idea: Botanists classify flowering plants into two groups based on seed type.)

Plant Cultivation

Tutorial in which you explore the cultivation of plants by the type of plant, how it is used, the region of the world it is from, or a time period of human history

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/plants-fungi/seeds-of-trade/

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/plants-fungi/seeds-of-trade/

(Key Concept: Humans rely on plants in many ways.)

Plants in Medicine

Slideshow describing chemicals that have been isolated from plants and other organisms for medical use

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/natures-pharmacy.html

(Main Ideas: Plant compounds are essential to modern medicine.)