Super Fruit Science

Plants evolve solutions to problems. Blueberries create a blue-purple pigment that acts as a sunscreen, a seed dispersal-enhancer, and a health-promoting antioxidant. Farmers seek to breed a berry that passes these benefits on to humans.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is a secondary metabolite?
  2. What is an antioxidant?
  3. Why do blueberries manufacture anthocyanins?
  4. How do anthocyanins increase adaptation to blueberry populations?



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