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Investigating Mendelian Geneticswith Wisconsin Fast Plants™
Investigating Mendelian Genetics with Wisconsin Fast Plants™Table of ContentsIntroduction to Investigating Mendelian Genetics with Wisconsin Fast Plants™ .4Wisconsin Fast Plants™ Genetics Background Information .4Growing Tips (See Growing Instructions for complete guide)5Terminology .5Genetics Activities Overview6Monohybrid Activity Overview .6Monohybrid Activity8Genetics Investigation Procedure8Discussion Questions .9Dihybrid Genetics Activity10Chi-Square Test13For additional activities,student pages and relatedresources, please visitthe Wisconsin FastPlants’ website at
3Wisconsin Fast Plants™ MonohybridGenetics Kit Components1 pack of 25 Purple Stem Wisconsin FastPlants™ Seeds (parent)1 pack of 25 Non-Purple Stem Seeds (parent)1 pack of 200 F1 Wisconsin Fast Plants™ Seeds(from a cross of the parent strains [anl/ANL])1oz pelleted fertilizer2 watering trays2 watering matswicks (package of 70)1 packet anti-algal square (2 squares per packet)8 watering pipettes1 L potting soil1 package of dried beesfour 4-cell quads16 support stakes16 support ringsGrowing InstructionsInvestigating Mendelian Geneticswith Wisconsin Fast Plants™Activity MaterialsWisconsin Fast Plants™ DihybridGenetics Kit Components1 pack of Non-Purple Stem Wisconsin FastPlants™ Seeds (parent)1 pack ofYellow-Green LeafWisconsin FastPlants™ Seeds (parent)1 pack of F1 Wisconsin Fast Plants™ Seeds(from a cross of the parent strains [anl/ANL,ygr/YGR])1oz pelleted fertilizer2 watering trays2 watering matswicks (package of 70)1 packet anti-algal square (2 squares per packet)8 watering pipettes1 L potting soil1 package of dried beesfour 4-cell quads16 support stakes16 support ringsGrowing Instructions
4Investigating MendelianGenetics with WisconsinFast Plants™Welcome to the wonderful world of WisconsinFast Plants™ and investigations to engagestudents in studying Mendelian genetics withhands-on experimentation. Originating fromdecades of innovative research by ProfessorPaul Williams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Fast Plants™, Brassicarapa, are now used by millions of studentsworldwide.The investigations in this booklet weredesigned for students to developunderstanding of the following biologicalconcepts and skills:• Mendel’s law of segregation and law ofindependent assortment• Inheritance of 2 traits• How genotypes influence phenotypes• Scientific inquiry, including interpretation ofevidenceWisconsin Fast Plants™ Genetics Background InformationPhenotypes and GenotypesRapid-cyclingBrassica rapahas beendesignated the cultivar name “RCBr.”Anthocyaninis a purple pigment foundin many plants, including Wisconsin FastPlants™. Anthocyanin is best observed whenthe plants are 4-7 days old.Look on the stemsand hypocotyls, under the cotyledons, and atthe leaf tips. A single gene, the anthocyaninless

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