Secondary school and A-level

01 Apr 2014

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Plant Doctor:

his activity introduces microorganisms: fungi, bacteria and viruses. It discusses the importance of plants, what makes plant get sick, why plant diseases are important and demonstrates the damage microorganisms can do to plants and crops. The activity is aimed at KS2 and links to curriculum topics: Sc2 a, c and f. Please note that some of the pdf files are quite large and may take a while to download.

Save our Plants

This activity is designed to help teach students about the various issues surrounding food production and the control of plant diseases. It looks at the benefits and risks associated with three different methods for controlling plant diseases: use of pesticides, bio-control agents and genetically modified crops. Students debate the benefits and risks of these methods and then come to a group decision about how best to 'Save our Plants'. 

The activity is aimed at KS3 and links to the 'Health, disease and the development of medicines' section of the GCSE curriculum and 'Sustainability and Interdependence' section of the Scottish Higher curriculum. 

Save your Spuds

This activity introduces plant diseases and the different types of microorganisms that infect plants. The activity focuses on potato late blight disease; its importance and the difficulties farmers face in controlling the disease.

The main activity is the 'Save your Spuds' board game, where students play out the benefits and costs of growing blight resistant versus susceptible potatoes, and spraying fungicides to protect against potato blight disease.

The activity is aimed at KS3 and links to the 'Health, disease and the development of medicines' section of the GCSE curriculum, 'Life of Earth' section of the Scottish Science National 5 Curriculum and 'Sustainability and Interdependence' section of the Scottish Higher curriculum.

Other:

YouTube videos:

Leafy Murder Mystery

Can you solve the Leafy Murder Mysteries using these clues. These videos were created for 2013 BSPP Outreach event:Leafy Murder Mystery and feature Steve England.

 

UK Fungus Day

Find out about the: Uses of Fungi and what happens When Fungi Attack Tees. These videos were created for the UK Fungus Day 2013 event by BSPP Outreach and feature Steve England

 

American Phytopathological Society

Watch these videos by the American Phytopathological Society for insights into why plant pathology is so important: Plant Pathology: Taking you further than you ever imagined and these videos on: Healthy Plants for a Healthy Future.