Maintaining a Balance

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Explore a variety of Australian environments to understand plant responses to temperature change and regulation, movement of material through the vascular system and minimisation of water loss.

Stage 6 Biology
2 hours
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
$13 per student. Minimum charges apply

What happens?

  • Students will discuss the fundamental differences between plants and animals and then focus on the specialised adaptations Australian plants have to temperature and salinity changes in their environment

  • In a PowerPoint presentation that uses Australian species found in the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, students will develop an appreciation of the wide range of structural, physiological and behavioural features plants possess to cope with the hot and dry conditions that are typical of this continent

  • They will conduct their own investigations to consolidate their knowledge of which plant species exhibit which adaptations by examining plants in the Garden, particularly those in Succulent Garden

  • This session consolidates students’ appreciation of adaptive features of all plants to changes in environmental temperature and water availability.

Students will...

  • Observe a variety of Australian native plants and their adaptations to respond to temperature change and water loss

  • Gather evidence about the structures in plants that allow them to conserve water

  • Investigate the structure of xylem and phloem in plants.


Excellent examples. Thanks for all the case studies and fantastic linking explanation. 

Teacher Willoughby Girls High School
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