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Wild Strawberry Fruiting and Climate Change


As an Undergraduate teacher of Biological Sciences or Agricultural Sciences, you can use this set of computer based tools to teach about cultivation of mulberry plants as an important food source of the silkworm, Bombyx mori for the sericulture industry. Mulberry is a deciduous treebelonging to the Moraceae family having traditional economic importance for the sustainability of the sericulture industry. This plant grows in various climatic ecosystems including the temperate and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, Europe and USA.

This lesson plan will allow you to teach about the cultivation of the mulberry plant, impact of climate change on its growth and quality and quantity of leaf production which will ultimately impact the silkworm rearing and silk production. This lesson could thereby help in the understanding of the management and cultivation practices of mulberry. Climate change impacts such as increased level of CO2 affects plant yield through photosynthesis and stomatal conductance but the beneficial impact of elevated CO2 can be offset by other effects of climate change such as elevated temperature and altered patterns of precipitation. This could help in teaching and developing better management practices for the sericulture industry as the climate change may directly affect the mulberry plantation, soil, pest and the silkworms

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences and Agricultural Sciences

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Define phenology and phenophase in plants
  2. Explain how environmental factors affect the change in timings of fruit production
  3. Discuss the effect of altered phenology on the productivity of fruit crops
  4. Discuss the impact of climate change on phenology

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr Neeti Mehla, Dr Amit Vashishtha and Dr Aditi Kothari Chhajer, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India.

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