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        The Botany of Desire | Control

        Students explore the relationship between wild and cultivated varieties of plants and discuss the pros and cons of modern agricultural practices.

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        The Botany of Desire | Johnny Appleseed

        Learn about the real man behind the myth of Johnny Appleseed. Discover how his cultivation techniques promoted biodiversity.

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        The Botany of Desire | Manipulating the Tulip

        Explore the techniques plant physiologists use to study viruses. Discover how breeders produce tulips with the desired durability, disease resistance, and beauty.

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        The Botany of Desire | Apples in the Wild

        Learn about the original wild apple cultivar and consider how wild apples differ from domesticated varieties.

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        The Botany of Desire | Genetically Engineering Apples

        Learn how scientists are attempting to enhance apples' defenses through genetic engineering. Consider why it is important that they have a wide variety of genes with which to work.

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        The Botany of Desire | Apple Gene Bank

        Explore the natural gene bank of the domestic apple located in Central Asia. Learn about efforts to preserve the genetic diversity of apples -- for both conservation and genetic engineering.

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        The Botany of Desire | Edible Apples and Monoculture

        Consider how human desires have shaped the history of the apple and how the practice of monoculture puts plants at risk.

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        The Botany of Desire | The Potato

        Discover the agricultural creativity involved in the domestication and proliferation of potatoes. Learn how early Peruvians adapted to nature rather than trying to control it.

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        The Botany of Desire | Organic Farming of Potatoes

        Learn how organic farmers diversify their crops and control pests with natural enemies in order to farm without chemicals. Consider the economics of traditional vs. organic farming.

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        The Botany of Desire | Genetic Engineering and Pest Control

        Explore efforts to decrease the use of pesticides by genetically engineering resistance in plants. Consider the debate over the benefits and risks of genetically modified organisms.

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