Battle of the Seeds: Biotechnology Use in Agriculture (SAB3.3) PBL Project

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Battle of the Seeds: Biotechnology Use in Agriculture (SAB3.3) PBL Project

Question: Are seeds intellectual property? It seems like a no-brainer. How can seeds be "owned" by a corporation? The fact is, seeds are just a part of the biotechnology revolution that seeks to grow a better plant; but at what cost? In Battle of the Seeds: Biotechnology Use in Agriculture (SAB3.3) PBL Project, students will explor hybridization, selective breeding and genetic engineering in plants, and perform a growth trial utilizing different types of corn to see if genetically engineered plants are worth all the drama. Beyond the genetic makeup of individual plants, crop decisions made by agricultural producers require an understanding of the climate, rainfall and topography of their area. Students will explore the introduction of new plants into predetermined, consistent ecosystems. The students will investigate how germination, growth and efficiency of plants can be affected by both genetic AND environmental changes. This project is brought to you by Crystal Grooms (CTE) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Lead Gayle Nicholls-Ali.
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