Monday, January 20, 2014

Science Fun - Vascular Plants

This is the Alternation of Generations Life Cycle as illustrated by Reese

Today we studied about Vascular plants. Read a chapter from Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany book. After that, we took a walk around our neighbourhood looking for ferns and spores. It was an interesting walk. Too bad, we did not make it to the secondary forest. Will do so another day. We collected some samples and view them under the microscope. Gosh.... what we saw of the spores were awesome.  It took me some time to capture the images with my iPhone. After a while I got a headache but it was so worth it. Check out the images below.

These are spores we found on ferns

Waiting for breakfast at our neighbourhood cafe

We also collected some dry leaves to make a leaf infusion to breed protozoa. We added some yeast as food source. Apparently protozoa are everywhere and they hibernate (dried up). Once they are hydrated, they will be alive again and breed. So with the right environment and given a day or two, we should see some swimming around when viewed under the microscope. :) Stay tuned.

Reese adding yeast as food source for the protozoa

Our leaf infusion

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