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There is a multitude of life forms on our planet. This is especially true under our feet, in the soil. Earthworms, spiders, and millipedes are only a few examples of the vast number of soil organisms. Once you look what lives in soils, you realize the tremendous diversity of shapes and colors. But what if we take the time to describe all their characteristics: color, size, shape, number of legs, type of wings, lifespan, and climate preferences? Types Of Wings, Millipedes, Earthworms, Life Form, Our Planet, What Is Life About, Native Plants, Spiders, Diversity

The Way Soil Organisms Look Can Help Us Understand Their Importance

There is a multitude of life forms on our planet. This is especially true under our feet, in the soil. Earthworms, spiders, and millipedes are only a few examples of the vast number of soil organisms. Once you look what lives in soils, you realize the tremendous diversity of shapes and colors. But what if we take the time to describe all their characteristics: color, size, shape, number of legs, type of wings, lifespan, and climate preferences? All these characteristics, called traits, help…

These time-lapse movies show the behaviour of 3 different earthworm species. We intended to show the difference in feeding- and burrowing behaviour of the 3 species, all of which are common in Western Europe as well as many other parts of the world. With respect to feeding, we were really able to show the differences: it is clear that A. caliginosa, a so-called “endogeic” earthworm, feeds on soil organic matter and hardly touches the leaves, whereas both other species feed mostly on the ... Earthworms, Organic Matter, Native Plants, Respect, Europe, Leaves, Movies, Films, Cinema

Three earthworm species

These time-lapse movies show the behaviour of three different earthworm species. We intended to show the difference in feeding- and burrowing behaviour of the three…

A study of sheep and beef farmers' attitudes to managing biodiversity on their farms showed more than 90 percent supported its merits. Pest Management, Resource Management, Farm Show, Environmental Law, Native Plants, Farmers, Conservation, Proposal, Habitats

Farmers natural guardians of biodiversity, new study says

More than 90 percent of sheep and beef farmers support biodiversity on their farms, a new study has found.

Booktopia has Nema and the Xenos, A Story of Soil Cycles by Ailsa Wild. Buy a discounted Hardcover of Nema and the Xenos online from Australia's leading online bookstore. Favorite Questions, Friend Book, Complex Systems, University Of Arizona, Environmentalist, Library Card, Electronic Gifts, Science Education, Amazing Adventures

Nema and the Xenos

Nema and the Xenos by Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, S. Patricia Stock published August 2019. The ISBN is 9781486312160. The publisher is CSIRO Publishing. Buy Nema and the Xenos from CSIRO PUBLISHING online.

Identification guide to the biodiversity of the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve Lizards, Native Plants, Permaculture, Conservation, Mammals, Bugs, Key, World, Unique Key

Guide to Biodiversity at Styx Mill Conservation Reserve

Identification guide to the biodiversity of the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve

(*Very Passionate article re:" In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters - Yale Physical Environment, Opinion Piece, Life Form, Nature Study, Science News, Native Plants, Natural World, Color Inspiration, Habitats

In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world.

INFO SHEET - Rongoā Māori - Rongoā is the Māori term for medicines that are produced from native plants in New Zealand. Rongoā is the Māori term for medicines that are produced from native plants in New Zealand. Air Cleaning Plants, Polynesian Islands, Landscaping Tools, Low Light Plants, Best Indoor Plants, Real Plants, Interior Plants, Different Plants, Foliage Plants

Rongoā Māori

Rongoā is the traditional Māori healing system. Rongoā is a holistic practice that often includes using the medicinal properties of New Zealand native plants.

Student Activity - Using rongoā Māori - In this activity, students learn about rongoā Māori (medicines that are produced from native plants in New Zealand) through a silent card game. Science Resources, Activities, Classroom Environment, Healing Herbs, Health And Wellbeing, Native Plants, Student Learning, Horticulture, Kiwi

Using rongoā Māori

Student Activity - Using rongoā Māori - In this activity, students learn about rongoā Māori (medicines that are produced from native plants in New Zealand) through a silent card game.

Rongoā is the traditional Māori healing system. Rongoā is a holistic practice that often includes using the medicinal properties of New Zealand native plants. The Pleiades, Love The Earth, Before Sunrise, Plant Nursery, Healing Herbs, Natural Medicine, Native Plants, Student Learning, Science And Technology

Rongoā nursery

The plants harvested from Pa Harakeke Native Plant Nursery will in later years be used for their rongoā (medicinal) properties and in the making of natural medicines.

Rongoā is the traditional Māori healing system. Rongoā is a holistic practice that often includes using the medicinal properties of New Zealand native plants. Flax Fiber, Kiwiana, Healing Herbs, Native Plants, Fungi, Horticulture, Pathways, New Zealand, Landscape Design

Flax fibres fight fungi

In the early 20th century, New Zealand’s flax industry was a significant money earner, supplying fibre for the world’s rope and linen trade, but the advent of non-renewable synthetic fibres made the more labour-intensive natural version all but redundant. Now, new research has uncovered a hitherto unknown property of our native flax Phormium tenax (harakeke). It has potentially valuable anti-fungal properties.

INFO SHEET - What is a plant? – The kingdom Plantae is vast. It encompasses nearly species. All plants share a number of key characteristics. Microscopic Algae, Kauri Tree, Growing Tree, All Plants, Native Plants, Horticulture, Classroom, Key, Number

What is a plant?

What do you think of when asked to visualise a plant? Is it the feed crop growing in the paddock next door or a large kauri tree growing in a forest? Is it a tiny microscopic alga or the potted plant in your classroom? All these and more are indeed examples of plants!

Learn about structural features, habitat and distribution of some of New Zealand’s native ferns in this slideshow. Native Gardens, Learning Resources, Native Plants, Forests, Ferns, Biology, Habitats, New Zealand, Nativity

New Zealand native ferns - science data

Learn about structural features, habitat and distribution of some of New Zealand’s native ferns.

INTERACTIVE - The life cycle of ferns is different from other land plants as both the gametophyte and the sporophyte phases are free living. This interactive illustrates the alternation of generations in ferns. Science Biology, Science Lessons, Science Education, Science Activities, Life Science, Science Daily, Sequencing Activities, Plant Science, Science Resources

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INTERACTIVE - The life cycle of ferns is different from other land plants as both the gametophyte and the sporophyte phases are free living. This interactive illustrates the alternation of generations in ferns.

Student Activity - Plant parts - In this activity, students relate commonly eaten foods to different parts of the flowering plant life cycle. They use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser. Interactive Learning, Interactive Activities, Science Activities, Smart Board Activities, Learning Sites, Parts Of A Plant, Photosynthesis, Leaf Flowers, Planting Flowers

Plant parts

In this activity, students relate commonly eaten foods to different parts of the flowering plant life cycle. They use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser.

In this activity, students have the opportunity to create a lizard-friendly habitat in the school grounds. The extension activity involves designing a suitable environment for keeping lizards in captivity. Science Resources, Teaching Activities, Science Education, Teacher Resources, Science Topics, Science Ideas, Teaching Science, Teaching Ideas, Science Week

DIY fern classification

In this activity, students use fern specimens or image cards to group species of ferns according to their physical structures (rhizomes, fronds and sporangia).

Hidden Taonga - Conserving New Zealand’s unique ecosystems - Scientists at Landcare Research use their collections as a reference book while they explore New Zealand’s hidden ecosystems to answer questions in classification, conservation and biosecurity. Hands On Activities, Science Activities, Alphabet Activities, What Is This Bug, Chickens In The Winter, Insect Species, Clean Eating Salads, Chemistry Experiments, Transformation Body

Landcare Research’s insect collection

The buildings of Landcare Research (Manaaki Whenua) in Tāmaki, Auckland, house an enormous range of preserved and live specimens of insects and other invertebrates. Why do the scientists value this collection so highly and what role does it play in conservation.