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[Plant-education] photosynthesis lab for nonmajors biology

gross at georgian.edu gross at georgian.edu
Fri Jul 7 09:54:33 EST 2006


My colleagues are looking for a simple photosynthesis lab for nonmajors
biology that does not use sophisticated equipment.  We are looking for
something other than a computer simulation, or separation/chromatography of
pigments, or the Hill reaction lab using DCIP oxidation/reduction (which we
teach in our botany course).   Those who teach the course have used a lab
with Elodea and bicarbonate in a stoppered test tube with a pH indicator
and movement of water through glass tubing and were hoping to find
something other than that because they weren't happy with it for various
reasons.   Does have something that works for them?

I have looked at www.ableweb.org and this list's archives but may have
missed something.  I did run into a leaf-disk lab with bicarbonate that we
might try.  Anything else out there that you can recommend?

Mike Gross
Georgian Court University
Lakewood NJ

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