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Personal Plants: Making Botany Meaningful by Experimentation

Science  28 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6102, pp. 1620-1621
DOI: 10.1126/science.1215226

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The use of scientific inquiry in studying plant growth is perhaps as old as agriculture itself. Our ability to feed our current population is the result of the historical application of the scientific method to basic questions about the response of plants to their environment. However, most of today's students have likely never pondered basic questions about plant growth and may not even know general rules of thumb about growing their own food.