sophomores learn about soybean diseases
by deidra Green
During Comet Quest on March 28, Josh Knight and Siva Swaminathan from Iowa State came to talk to the sophomores about diseases in soybeans and their research. They brought specimens from their research like the soybeans they grew and petri dishes of the diseases. The students got to look at the petri dishes through a microscope. The sophomores have been learning about genetics during Biology and how genes are passed down. Mr. Jahr introduced the sophomores to the soybean project to show how plants can be resistant and susceptible. The kids were split into groups and given cups of soils to put their soybeans in. Every kid got a different type of soybean to see how it fights against the diseases. Then the sophomores kept track of the progress of their plants. Some of the plants came down with symptoms of the diseases. This means that they’re susceptible. The ones that didn’t have symptoms are resistant diseases.