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  • New Instructor Testing Community
    Deanna Leingang Deanna.Leingang@gmail.com
    Welcome to the new instructor testing community! This community will serve as a testing area for new passel instructors; you can practice editing different features of this community before starting to build your own class or community. If you do not yet have an instructor account and would like to use the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary to create a class or community space, please contact us via the link below.  If you are a new instructor in contact with our team, we can grant you ownership access to this community. Please contact us using the link below if you do not yet have ownership access. To begin (and determine if you have access), click on the home icon in the upper right of your screen. Your homepage should have a list of all PASSeL communities you have created or joined. You should see "New Instructor Testing Community" under "My Owned Communities." You will see several options under the title, including View, which will bring you back to this page, and Edit. To see a complete list of the community editing tools and instructions for navigating your instructor account, click here. 

    Contents of this Community may be viewed only after joining. A joining request requires approval by the Community owner before access is provided.
  • Sustainable Agriculture Models in the Midwest
    Instructor: Chuck Francis
    Established with the aid of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant, this project was created to offer insight into what sustainability within agriculture actually looks like. Spread across eastern Nebraska, ten different farming operations are featured across the twenty different videos. Each farmer was interviewed by a high school student from a nearby school about what their operation does, how and why they choose to manage it in a certain way, and what makes it sustainable as well as what would make it more sustainable. Each video is accompanied by a short document including an overview of the operation, teaching objectives, and several questions to foster classroom discussion. Context specific modules were created encompassing the concept of sustainability as defined by social, economic, environmental factors. These additional modules pull information from across the different farmers to illustrate an overarching concept. It is our belief that creating modules exploring these three areas will increase appeal to educators outside of vocational agriculture departments. Business classes could easily incorporate the module on Niche Marketing or Biology classes the module on Soil Health. Our belief is that the true value of this tool lies in its locality. Resources for sustainable agriculture curricula are readily accessible with a quick Internet search, but few offer the added benefit of being directly applicable to the classroom’s region. These videos bring the farmer from the field into the classroom to enhance a segment of valuable, already packed class time with ease--providing instructors with the ability to connect course concepts to a real, regional farmer. The goal is not to substitute school to farm visits, but to facilitate an easier, less time-intensive alternative to readily supplement daily course material. Discussion documents that compliment each video provide contact information for the farmers to open up the possibility for taking the process a step further and bringing the classroom out to the farm. A deeper discussion may ensue following an introductory discussion based upon the provided video segments. Further, promotion of the cross-disciplinary potential of the videos will broaden the audience of students being exposed to alternative systems of agriculture and illustrate the relatedness of agriculture to every subject.

  • Global Learning Think Tank
    Deana Namuth-Covert dcovert2@unl.edu
    Welcome to a new area within the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary! Here we'll continue discussions after the Feb 14th  seminar by Dr. Deana and team.  Archived recording is linked here and at image for: A Decade of Online International Impacts and Partnerships Through the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary .  Please join our community to explore Plant and Soil Sciecnes eLibrary (PASSeL) resources, learn about new partnership opportunities, and discuss the future of science education. By joining the community, you will be able to participate in an ongoing forum of ideas and receive updates from us about new projects. To join the community, click "Join Now" in the upper right.    We have set up a discussion forum which you can participate in by clicking on the "discussion" button above.  The first time you access the forum, you will need to "enroll." Click "Enroll Me" on the page you are taken to. You will automatically receive email updates when new posts are made on the forum. To unsubscribe from the forum, follow the links at the bottom of the email.   Speakers included: Deana Namuth-Covert, Chuck Francis, Amy Kohmetscher, Deanna Leingang and Robert Vavala from UNL Dept of Agronomy and Horrticulture; Gwen Nugent from UNL NE Ctr for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools; Julie Albrecht from UNL Dept of Nutrition & Health Sciences; and Ndeye Ndack Diop from  CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme – Integrated Breeding Platform.        

Featured Animations
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    Water movement through roots
    This animation follows the movement of a water molecule from the soil into a root where it encounters several paths of transport until it reaches the xylem.
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    La Transpiración
    Esta animación describe como se mueve el agua a través de las plantas y como este movimiento es afectado por diversos factores.
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    Genetic Engineering Vs. Traditional Breeding Timeline
    This animation compares the timeline for genetic engineering versus traditional plant breeding. It also compares the regulatory processes of each.
Featured Lessons
  • Herbicide Discovery and Screening Historically, herbicides have been discovered by randomly screening collections of chemicals for activity on target weeds. While totally empirical, this approach has been surprisingly successful and has produced essentially all commercial herbicides currently in use. More recently, agrichemical companies have adopted directed strategies using in vitro assays, compound structure/activity relationships, and profiling assays of mRNAs, proteins, and metabolites. These latter approaches, in combination with high-throughput screens, are designed to exploit recent advances in technology and take advantage of our increased understanding of biological systems.
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  • Introduction to Biofuel: Perennial Grasses as a Feedstock
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  • Kids Tree Identification Quiz A brief elementary school level tree identification quiz.
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  • Los Pigmentos Vegetales y la Fotosíntesis En esta lección se examinarán las dos principales clases de pigmentos fotosintéticos: las clorofilas y los carotenoides. Se analizarán sus estructuras bioquímicas y su biosíntesis, y se explica...
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  • Herbicide Classification This lesson focuses on understanding the classification system into which herbicides are organized. Terms of classification, classification hierachy, examples of classification and a brief overview ...
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