How do plants adjust to their environment?
Join us for an experiment!
ChallengesWe have two challenges for you. One is about growing plants at your place and taking pictures of them. The other is about analyzing these pictures. You can try one or both of them!
When you register yourself, we will send you seeds of thale cress by post. All you need to do is to sow the seeds in two pots and place one pot outside (garden, balcony, etc.) and the other pot inside (greenhouse, by the window of your room). It is easy, apart from watering the plants a bit, making a few notes and following the cultivation guidelines you can find here. Then take pictures of both plants and send them to us. All pictures will be placed on this website so that everybody can see how similar or different the plants have become inside and outside around your place and at different places in the world!
We will make an analysis computer program available for you to digitally measure plant leaf area in pictures. Anybody interested in Challenge 2 can download the pictures and other information provided by the participants of Challenge 1 to analyze them and answer the Questions. You may also pose your own questions and answer them by analyzing the pictures. If you write a report based on these results and send us a pdf, it will be placed on this website.