Education Resources

PBS Learning Media: Leaf-Cutter Ants, A Farming Super-Organism

Learn how a colony of leaf-cutter ants grows food and maintains the colony in the video from NATURE: Animal Homes.

PBS Learning Media

Bioprospecting for Cellulose-Degrading Microbes: Filter Paper Assay Method

This classroom activity challanges students to explore how we can impove biofuels by finding and studying microbes in the environment that degrade plant material. These materials were developed by our lab in collaboration with Craig Kohn through the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s Research Experiece for Teachers.

Classroom materials and related videos are available at