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MUN Biology 2010: The Biology of Plants

Two labs, #4 & #7, will take place at the Botanical Garden

Lab #4: Grocery Store Botany

Presented by:
Anne Madden, Education Coordinator
Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist
Christine Gillard, Environmental Educator

What to Bring:
Travel mug (we will be serving a hot drink)
Indoor shoes (recommended)
Paper, pencil or pen, clipboard (and possibly a smart phone)

Post-lab discussion guide notes

Section A: The Botany of Tea, Coffee, & Chocolate

A brief overview of where these essentials come from.
The Botany of Coffee, Tea and Chocolate 

Section B: Botany Café

Most foods we eat directly (and indirectly) come from plants. But do we always know what we are eating? Let's explore our relationship with plants and food, while we taste some samples at the Botany Café.

Take the Nourish FOOD LITERACY QUIZ

Section C: Botanical Grocery Store Shopping Spree

Now it's time to shop! But the shopping list is botanical. Can you find samples of flowers, petioles, and aggregate fruit in the time allotted? How often can botanicals be found in groceries, cosmetics and health care products?

Section D: The Politics of Food Presentation

When we discuss the politics of food, we must consider all aspects of food production, control, regulation, inspection, distribution, consumption and disposal. What role does the health and sustainability of our environment, culture, ethics, and human health, play throughout this discussion?

Food Security & Sustainability
The PowerPoint above has many links and further information to what we discuss in the lab.  The links will be available when you are in view mode and are orange or are imbeded in a photo.

Section E: Sprouting

Turning seeds and grains into sprouts can be a fun, healthy way to produce fresh food in your kitchen. When soaked in water, seeds germinate, causing the outer layers to split open and the young shoots to emerge. These young shoots consume some of the grain’s starches, increasing the proportion of protein and fiber, lowering the glycemic index, and thereby altering the food’s nutritional content. But to keep it healthy, we’ll show you some important “dos and don’ts” as we demonstrate how to sprout seeds with simple materials. You’ll even take a sprouting kit home!

Sprouting the Seedling activity from the From Garden to Classroom Activity Guide

The seeds from our lab were bought at Food for Thought, at 68 Gower St., downtown St. John's.

The Assignment

Now it's your turn to discuss and share what you have learned.
Grocery Store Botany Assignment

Student Feedback

We'd love to have your comments and suggestions about the lab.  If you didn't do so after the assignment please fill out the feedback form here:
Student Feedback Form

Lab #7: Propagation

Presented by:
Tim Walsh, Nursery Manager

Resources:

Seed Savvy: Propogation By Seeds (PDF)
Divide and Conquer: Propogation By Division (PDF)
Making the Cut: Propogation By Cuttings (PDF)

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