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Real-time divergent evolution in plants driven by pollinatorsFigure 2: The figure shows mean (±s.e.m.) values per generation in the different pollinator-treatment groups (bumblebees: dashed blue, hoverflies: dotted green, control: solid black; sample sizes are between 82 and 108 per treatment and generation). (a) Plant height increased in bumblebee-pollinated plants. (b) Pollination efficiency (seeds per fruit) was initially low in hoverfly-pollinated plants but increased throughout the exp.

Real-time divergent evolution in plants driven by pollinators

"These are called fast plants for a reason. We put the seeds on moist paper towels in the morning and they were sprouting that night before we went to bed! "

"These are called fast plants for a reason. We put the seeds on moist paper towels in the morning and they were sprouting that night before we went to bed!

Students perform an inquiry investigation on the genetics of Wisconsin Fast Plants. They are given "unknown" seeds which they grow and collect data on.

Students perform an inquiry investigation on the genetics of Wisconsin Fast Plants. They are given "unknown" seeds which they grow and collect data on.

Paul Williams, founder of the Fast Plant program at UW–Madison, holds bumblebees that are used to pollenate the rapid-cycling Brassica plants. Photo by David Tennenbaum.

A UW–Madison program built around plants that mature quickly enough to engage the scientific curiosity of elementary through college students is releasing two new varieties that make the popular pl…

Wisconsin Fast Plants® Life Cycle - Great time lapse videos of germination, growth, development, and reproduction.

The Fast Plants® life cycle is so quick that just 14 days after planting seeds, you can experience firsthand how plants reproduce, watching buds develop and .

Tons of free resources for teaching with plants https://fastplants.org

Tons of free resources for teaching with plants https://fastplants.org

Scientists study California fires due & invasive plant species. Phenomena involving plants affect every being on Earth, yet urban & "smart" living distance us from recognizing these relationships. What plant-related phenomena do you use as anchors, investigative drivers, and to make everyday connections to students' lives?

Photo of the Week: Mapping the Link between Invasive Plants and Wildfire in the Mojave Desert

Wisconsin Fast Plants blog posts help you grow healthy plants and learn valuable background information about plants.

Wisconsin Fast Plants blog posts help you grow healthy plants and learn valuable background information about plants.

Insights from AP Biology classrooms about Investigation #1: Artificial Selection

Insights from AP Biology classrooms about Investigation Artificial Selection

So much better than Punnett Squares! Fast Plants come in many varieties, including those selected to have easy-to-observe, inherited traits that can be used to teach genetics.

So much better than Punnett Squares! Fast Plants come in many varieties, including those selected to have easy-to-observe, inherited traits that can be used to teach genetics.

The Fast Plants blog is a great resource for all levels of teaching & learning. It's filled with helpful hints to grow healthy Fast Plants and resources for designing experiments with Fast Plants.

The Fast Plants blog is a great resource for all levels of teaching & learning. It's filled with helpful hints to grow healthy Fast Plants and resources for designing experiments with Fast Plants.

PowerPoint slideshow about how Brassicas (the Genus of Wisconsin Fast Plants) are a valued food in nearly all cultures and have been bred to suit the varied geographic regions where people live worldwide.

PowerPoint slideshow about how Brassicas (the Genus of Wisconsin Fast Plants) are a valued food in nearly all cultures and have been bred to suit the varied geographic regions where people live worldwide.

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Exploring Energy Transformations in Plants