Root Depth Model

Root Depth Model

In this activity, raffia ribbon is used to create a visual representation of the differing root depths in biofuel crops and prairie plants. The wall hanging can be used to promote discussion about plants’ ability to sequester carbon and contribute to soil carbon.

Audience 6th Grade through Undergraduate (Grades 6-16)
Related Subject Areas Life Sciences-Biology, Agriculture
Prior Knowledge Basic knowlege of plant anatomy and physiology, characteristics of annual vs. perennial crops, photosythesis, and carbon cycle
Time Required One to two 50-minute class periods
Required Supplies Paper/Cardstock, Paper Cutter (optional), Scissors, Tape, Raffia Ribbon
Tags/Keywords root, biomass, feedstock, plants, interactive, carbon cycle, crops, prairie
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Root Depth Model (.zip, 11.1 MB)
Includes: Directions and References, Root Depths of Prairie Plants Banner, Root Depths of Biofuel Crops Banner