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Science  23 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5743, pp. 1993
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5743.1993

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HONORABLE MENTION: Transpiration: Water Movement Through Plants

Tracy M. Sterling, New Mexico State University

How does a garden grow? Transpiration, the transportation of water through plants from soil to leaves to atmosphere, is an essential part of the hydrologic cycle. From water absorption through a plant's roots to water vapor lost through its leaves, entomologist and plant pathologist Tracy Sterling of New Mexico State University and animator Matt Byrnes created a friendly, interactive activity with a playful design. The animation teaches plant biology basics and offers numerous interactive features, such as changes to environmental conditions that can impact the speed of water movement. And that affects how the garden will grow.

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