What Is the Difference in the Germination and Growth of Monocots and Dicots?
• Germinate Monocot seeds (such as corn which has only one embryonic leaf in the seed) and Dicot seeds (such as beans and radishes which have two embryonic leaves in the seed and the seed splits into two halves). • Observe their growth for several days. • Make a table comparing observations of the two types of seeds as they grow. Include shape of leaves, number of leaves, location of seed as the plant grows, shape of roots, and appearance of stem. Part 3: HELPFUL HINTS • Radish seeds are the easiest and quickest to germinate. • Putting the gelatin jars in the refrigerator makes them set up faster but it does not help this technique because they only melt again when put at room temperature. They set up when they would have anyway. • Direct sunlight or heat source will melt the gelatin in the jars. • Mung bean and alfalfa seeds can be purchased at nutrition stores. • Label all the jars from each batch of gelatin in case it needs to be identified as a source of microbial contamination. Ma