Topics range from anatomy of grasses, introduction to grass websites and genetics, to real world applications of botanical and bioinformatics information on grasses.
We will take advantage of the diversity of domesticated grasses growing in the area, such as maize, sorghum, millet, switchgrass, miscanthus, oats, barley, wheat, and turfgrasses as well as greenhouse grown rice and Setaria to provide a 'hands on' understanding of variation in grass inflorescences and plant architecture as it relates to suitability for food, fuel and feed.
The information gained could be logically tied into lessons/themes in biology, genetics, evolution, climate change and global food security.
We will provide a set of grass seeds, including some segregating maize kernels, protocols, and links to relevant instructional resources, including from the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). We will also provide teachers with a short computer/database component on grass genes that could be used in the classroom.
Educational Program is 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, with evening social and interaction activities.For high school teachers that apply and are accepted, cost of food, lodging and transportation will be covered, approximately $500 dollars.
If you are interested to participate, or have questions please send an email to Torbert Rocheford(firstname.lastname@example.org) head instructor. The other lead instructors are Sarah Hake, UC Berkeley & USDA/ARS Plant Gene Expression Center, Toby Kellogg, Missouri Botanical Garden, Gebisa Ejeta, Purdue University. There will be other lecturers from Iowa State and CSHL.