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How do plants interact with the living and non-living environment?

Topic

Plants in Ecosystems

Framing Question

How do plants interact with the living and non-living environment?

Learning Objectives

  • Compare the relative contributions of plants and another photosynthetic organisms like lichens or terrestrial algae to production of food and oxygen on land.
  • Evaluate the statement that plants are the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Chose an example of an interaction between a plant and another organism and elaborate on the ways in which they interact to the benefit of one or both organisms.
  • Choose a plant metabolite that affects other organisms in the ecosystem and explain the mechanism of the effect.
  • Evaluate the geological evidence that plants contributed to glaciation (i.e., ice ages).
  • Contrast the general properties of plants, soil, and fauna on Earth at the time that plants first colonized dry land with the general properties of those organisms today.
  • Analyze the progression of changes in plants and other organisms that occur after a volcanic eruption or a major wildfire.

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