Southeastern Illinois College
Biology 111, Introduction to Biology
This module will help students better understand the process of xylem transport of water
in plants and the factors affecting the transport. Students will track the flow of water
through a plant using red dye and will measure the distance that the water travels through
the plants under differing conditions (e.g., heat, air, light, absence of leaves).
After obtaining the data, the students will use Microsoft Excel (or some other comparable
spreadsheet program) to generate graphs that will compare the results from each condition.
The students will interpret the graphs during class discussion.
This module will transfer to any botany or horticulture class.