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1 April 2011 Fostering Students' Inquiry Skills: Developmental Time & Offspring Rates of Flour Beetles
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Tribolium castanaeum is a widespread insect in temperate regions. Because of its short generation time and easy handling, it serves as a model organism for various scientific questions. However, T. castanaeum, or its larger-sized relative Tenebrio molitor, can also he used at a school or college level to foster students' experimentation skills. We present a set of inquiry tasks that build stepwise on one another, using T. castanaeum or T. molitor as the model. The students will learn not only about insect ecology, hut also about the influence of nutrition on several fitness parameters, such as development time and offspring number.

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Roman Asshoff and Olivia Roth "Fostering Students' Inquiry Skills: Developmental Time & Offspring Rates of Flour Beetles," The American Biology Teacher 73(4), 232-237, (1 April 2011). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.4.9
Published: 1 April 2011
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