DVD   The Kingdom Protista: The Dazzling World of Living Cells

DURATION: 2 hrs. 10 mins.
LEVEL: Late Secondary/Tertiary/Specialist

For convenience, biologists divide living organisms into five "Kingdoms": the Monerans (bacteria and blue-green algae), Protists, Fungi, Plants and Animals.   The Kingdom Protista includes a vast   array of tiny eukaryotic cells which lead complex and extraordinary lives far from the eyes of most humans; a dedication to microscopy is vital to see them in all their splendor.   This DVD is a unique resource introducing the viewer to a considerable range of living seaweeds,   phytoplankton,   amoebae,   slime moulds, ciliated protozoa and some dangerous pathogens.   The spectacular video sequences,   often in time-lapse,   show life's drama being played out by these cells on their microscopic stage.

Interwoven into the 33 chapters are vital topics such as cell division; morphogenesis and differentiation; predatory tactics ; endosymbiosis and its role in the evolution of algal groups; sex; differentiation; life cycles; wound response and the origin of multicellular organisms and higher land plants.  

Teachers will find this DVD a convenient, thought-provoking and spectacular addition to their teaching aids, one guaranteed to stimulate interest and classroom discussion.









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