Nine fine plants infographic

From food and drink to medicines and experiments, here are nine products and the plants that made them possible

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  1. Olive oil (from Olea europaea)
  2. Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum)
  3. Soya bean (Glycine max)
  4. Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium)
  5. Coffee (Coffea arabica)
  6. Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
  7. Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)
  8. Mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)
  9. Sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum)


Questions for discussion

  • If you were to add three more plants to this list, which ones would they be and why? Do a little research and find out more.
  • Sometimes a plant can have a positive and a negative effect, depending on how and in what form it’s used. Think about tobacco, for example, or sugar cane. Can you think of other examples?

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Plants’ in May 2016.

Statistics and maths, Ecology and environment
Education levels:
11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development