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Get into Gums - Evolution (Yr 12) - Terms 2-4 (online delivery available)

Get into Gums - Adaptations (Yr 11) - Terms 2-4

Duration: 2 hours (online delivery: 1.5 hours)
Cost: Free (workbooks provided)
Locations: AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience (Melbourne), & Agriculture Victoria SmartFarms (Tatura, Ellinbank, Horsham, Hamilton)

Get into Gums - Evolution (Yr 12)

Get into Gums - Adaptations (Yr 11)

Curriculum links

Get into Gums - Evolution (Yr 12) has been developed to align with Unit 4, Area of Study 1 of VCE Biology and focuses on molecular homology and the use of phylogenetic trees to show relatedness between species. Workbooks provided can be used as a basis to meet the School-Assessed Coursework 'report using primary data' requirements for Outcome 1.

Get into Gums - Adaptations (Yr 11) has been developed to align with Unit 1, Area of Study 2 of VCE Biology and focuses on adaptations of eucalypts to the Australian environment.


Get into Gums - Evolution (Yr 12) Following a presentation on the evolution of Australian eucalypts students undertake a bioinformatics activity using MEGA software which is directed step-by-step by our demonstrators. Using DNA sequences provided by Get into AgSTEM, students create a phylogenetic tree to show the relatedness between gum species and divergence over time.

Get into Gums - Adaptations (Yr 11) - Following an introductory presentation students rotate through three laboratory workstations. Practical activities will challenge students to classify eucalypt species using morphological features and dichotomous trees. Students gain an understanding of the biodiversity and adaptations of Australian eucalypts and explore microscopic reproductive adaptations of the iconic 'gumnut'. Using DNA sequences provided by Get into AgSTEM students explore simple bioinformatics software used to analyse the DNA of gum species.


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