Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chapter 11

Ch. 11 Reading Guide:    Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Chapter Outline HERE
I.                 Read Chapter 11
a.      Characterize the scope of Biodiversity on earth
b.      Describe ways to measure biodiversity
c.      Contrast background extinction rates and periods of mass extinction
d.      Evaluate the primary cause of biodiversity loss
e.      Specify the benefits of biodiversity
f.       Asses conservation biology
g.      Compare and contrast traditional and other conservation efforts
II.               Key vocabulary
Species diversity
Genetic diversity
Background rate of extinction
Endangered species act (ESA)
Convention on Biological Diversity
Community based conservation
Mass extinction
Six mass extinction
Umbrella species
Biodiversity loss

Application questions (pp. 339-340).  Answer in complete sentences
You will be asked to lead a discussion on one of the questions when we return from the weekend.
·        Testing your comprehension – # All
        Seeking solutions – # All

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Chapter 10 reading guide

Ch. 10 Reading Guide:    Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Future of Food
CH 10 Outline  HERE
Read Chapter 10
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
1.                Recognize the challenge of feeding a growing human population
2.                Identify the goals, methods, and environmental impacts of the "green revolution"
3.                Understand strategies of pest management
4.                Recognize the importance of pollination
5.                Comprehend the science behind genetically modified food
6.                Evaluate controversies and debate over genetically modified food
7.                Ascertain approaches for preserving crop diversity
8.                Assess feedlot agriculture for livestock and poultry
9.                Weigh approaches in aquaculture
10.              Evaluate sustainable agriculture

 Key vocabulary
Green Revolution
Biological control/biocontrol
Integrated pest management (IPM)
Genetic engineering
Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
Recombinant DNA
Precautionary Principle
Seed banks
Gene Banks
Sustainable agriculture
Application questions (pp. 306-307).  Answer in complete sentences
·        Testing your comprehension – #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
·        Seeking solutions – # 2, 4, 5, 6

·        Interpreting Graphs # 2

Test Review Stuff

Review Sheet HERE
Review Sheet Answers HERE

Monday, January 4, 2016

Chapter 9

Ch. 9 Reading Guide:    Soil and Agriculture
I.                 Read Chapter 9                                                             OUTLINE HERE
a.      Explain the major historical developments in agriculture
b.      What is soil and how is it created
c.      What causes soil erosion?  What are the consequences of soil erosion and soil degradation to farming.
                                                    i.     Describe the six ways erosion can be reduced
d.      What are the five factors that influence soil formation
e.      List and describe the six soil horizons and their characteristics
II.               Key vocabulary
Traditional Agriculture
Green revolution
Inorganic Fertilizer
Organic Fertilizer
Crop rotation
Contour Farming
No-till Farming

Application questions (pp. 273-275).  Answer in complete sentence
Testing your comprehension – #1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10
Seeking solutions – # 2
 Interpreting Graphs #1-3