Poisonous animals in New Zealand

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/370-poisonous-animals-in-new-zealand
New Zealand has a very small number of poisonous animals. These animals are also called ...

Poisons and toxins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/364-poisons-and-toxins
Poisons are substances that cause harm to organisms when sufficient quantities are absorbed ...

Toxins and food webs

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All living things depend on one another to live. Animals eat plants and/or animals to survive ...

Measuring toxicity

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/366-measuring-toxicity
Toxicity can be measured by the effect the substance has on an organism, a tissue or a cell. We ...

Butterfly defence mechanisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms
Butterflies are the exhibitionists of the insect world. For many invertebrates, camouflage is ...

Tracking toxins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/382-tracking-toxins
In this activity, students model bioaccumulation of toxins in marine animals. They participate ...

Poisonous plants in New Zealand

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There are over 100 poisonous plants in New Zealand. As children grow up, they often come into ...

All in the dose

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Poisons are substances that can be lethal. They are chemicals, either manufactured or naturally ...

Sea slugs and TTX

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/360-sea-slugs-and-ttx
Investigations into the death of some dogs on Auckland beaches in 2009 led scientists from the ...

Food poisoning

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/371-food-poisoning
The food we eat can poison us. There are over 200 known diseases that can be transmitted by ...

Fungi

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/590-fungi
Fungi are eukaryotic organisms and include yeasts, mould and mushrooms. Some fungi are ...

Microorganisms – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1550-microorganisms-introduction
Since their discovery by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, microorganisms have been found in almost ...

Grey side-gilled sea slugs

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In 2009, some grey side-gilled sea slugs (Pleurobranchaea maculata) were found to be toxic ...

How one primary teacher used our microorganisms ...

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2350-how-one-primary-teacher-used-our-microorganisms-resources
Find out how one teacher, Sue, used the Science Learning Hub resources on microorganisms as a ...

Poisons – timeline

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1904-poisons-timeline
This timeline gives key dates relating to early discoveries about poisons and toxins. 850 BCE - ...

Solving the dog death mystery

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/359-solving-the-dog-death-mystery
During 2009, several dogs died on Narrow Neck and Cheltenham beaches in Auckland. While the ...

Monitoring shellfish

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/372-monitoring-shellfish
Marine toxins are naturally occurring chemicals that can contaminate certain seafood. Naturally ...

Investigating toxins – introduction

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/358-investigating-toxins-introduction
Poisonous creatures are fascinating – from a distance. New Zealand is often touted as a good ...

Kaimoana in the Hauraki Gulf

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/361-kaimoana-in-the-hauraki-gulf
The discovery of tetrodotoxin (TTX) in the grey side-gilled sea slug is of particular concern ...

Make an adenovirus

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/598-make-an-adenovirus
In this activity, students use a template to make a model of an adenovirus and investigate the ...

Exploring microorganisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/593-exploring-microorganisms
In this activity, students research and summarise the key features of bacteria, viruses and ...

Public acceptance of bioremediation to address New ...

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2172-public-acceptance-of-bioremediation-to-address-new-zealand-s-ddt-problem
In 2002 and 2003, research conducted by Lincoln University's Agribusiness and Economics ...

Grow your own fungus

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/594-grow-your-own-fungus
In this activity, students explore what conditions are best suited to the growth of fungus ...

The National Poisons Centre

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/368-the-national-poisons-centre
The National Poisons Centre (NPC) is New Zealand’s only poison and hazardous chemicals ...
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