Yr 11, Get into Gums (Semester One)

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GET INTO GUMS (BIOINFORMATICS) – DISCOVER BIODIVERSITY THROUGH THE EUCALYPTS

Unit 1, Biology, Area of Study 2

What is it?

Developed in collaboration with experts in plant systematics, phylogeny and evolution in Australian Eucalypts, this unique workshop aligns to changes in the new Biology Study Design. Reflecting contemporary research in bioinformatics, the activities provide students with a first-hand experience of how DNA sequencing technology has influenced conventional classification systems. Get into Gums is an initiative of Get into Genes and Agriculture Victoria.

What do students do and learn?

Through an interactive presentation and hands on activities students:

  • Propose relatedness between species based on morphologic features
  • Align chloroplast DNA sequences to establish relatedness
  • Apply a classification key to identify individual species
  • Observe adaptations that make eucalypts so well-suited to Australian conditions 
  • Get an understanding of the diversity, ecologic and economic importance of Eucalypts

Details:

  • Location: AgriBio, Bundoora
  • Availability: Semester One – 24th April – 12th May 2017
  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: 2 hrs