As part of our life science expedition, we are learning about heritable traits. We study the history of Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics. As part of our study, we are using Wisconsin Fast Plants to replicate his work with peas. These amazing plants can grow and produce seeds to be planted again in approximately 40 days under the right conditions. That means that we can grow 3 generations of plants in a semester. The students will be able to observe the life-cycle of plants as well as the difference between genotypes and phenotypes. In the third generation they will be able to observe the probability of a recessive trait appearing when the parent plants carry both a dominant and recessive allele.
We would like to purchase two grow boxes from Carolina Biological that come with an LED lighting system to quickly grow plants. Along with the grow boxes, we would like seeds from Wisconsin Fast Plants which come with dominant and recessive traits, so that we can separately grow them in the two boxes and then cross pollinate them to see the probability of the phenotypes.