Plants Get Sick, Too! Teacher Guide

By Robert Louis Hirsch1, Sharon S Harris2, PlantingScience Staff3

1. University of Kentucky 2. Mercy McAuley High School 3. PlantingScience/Botanical Society of America

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This module focuses on the interaction of plants and microbes, specifically post-harvest microbes, and can be paired with the Agronomy Feeds the World module to discuss where food comes from and what challenges growers face in getting our food supply to grocery stores and our tables. Some of those challenges include food rotting before it can get to market. How does this happen? Can we control it? Can we prevent it? Students learn about plant-microbe interactions and experience first-hand the consequences of what can happen when the disease triangle comes into play.

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  • Robert Louis Hirsch; Sharon S Harris; PlantingScience Staff (2019), "Plants Get Sick, Too! Teacher Guide," https://plantingscience.org/resources/237.

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