Workshop: Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture
Summers will be warmer and drier in the future, and extreme weather events such as heavy rains and droughts more frequent. This will pose major challenges for farmers. It is expected that not only agricultural yields will change, but also the soil’s ability to store carbon. That is why it is important to understand the impact of such changes. In this half-day workshop, pupils will learn about the driving forces of CO2 exchange between crops and the atmosphere in a changing climate. They will investigate how stress in plants after floods or drought affects carbon uptake. (approx. 4 Hours in a climate garden).
Discovery Workshop1, Climate Change
2018, Nina Buchmann, Sabina Keller, Juanita Schläpfer, Carole Rapo, Patrick Faller, Melanie Paschke, Manuela Dahinden. Zurich: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. ISBN 978-3-906327-46-4.
Workshop: Insight into the toolbox of modern plant breeding
To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population (predicted 9.6 billion people in 2050) there must be an increase in production on existing agricultural land. At the same time, however, agricultural production should meet the requirements of sustainability. These include the use of less fertilizers and pesticides. Plant breeders are developing new methods and technologies to 1) speed up the breeding process of new plant varieties, 2) the selection of beneficial plant properties (e.g. resistance to pathogens).
Discovery Workshop 3, Modern Plant Breeding 2018, Bruno Studer, Martina Birrer, Carole Rapo, Patrick Faller, Melanie Paschke, Manuela Dahinden. Zurich: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. ISBN 978-3-906327-50-0.
Workshop: Mycorrhiza – A Mushroom Against World Hunger?
The global demand for food is constantly increasing. In return, natural resources such as phosphate are limited for fertilizers. In addition, fertilisers are a significant cost factor, especially in developing countries. The research of plant symbiosis with mycorrhizal mushrooms promises an efficient and cost-effective solution to increase yields in agriculture with less fertilizer. In this half-day workshop, pupils have the opportunity to isolate, colour and examine mycorrhizal fungi themselves under the microscope. You will learn about some uses of the mushrooms as fertilizers. (approx. 4 Hours Life Science Learning Center, Irchel).
Discovery Workshop 7, Symbiosis
2018, Lukas Schütz, Juanita Schläpfer, Patrick Faller, Carole Rapo, Melanie Paschke, Manuela Dahinden. Zurich: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. ISBN 978-3-906327-44-0.
Plant scientists are developing new technologies and tools to improve plant breeding. With the help of genomic selection, the breeding of crops can be accelerated enormously. This is important in order to adapt our crops to climate change and to ensure food supply in the future. In this all-day workshop, pupils compare the genetic material of different grasses. This reveals a molecular marker that makes grasses more resistant to harmful fungi. At the end of the workshop, we will discuss the importance of modern plant breeding for our future agriculture. (approx. 4 Hours at ETH Zurich, followed by a visit to a Climate Garden if available).
Discovery Workshop 8, Genome Editing
2019, Alexandra Rosakis, Simon Bull, Iren Schürmann, Manuela Dahinden. Zurich: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. ISBN 978-3-906916-53-8
Citizen Science Project
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