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Baylab plants Student Labs

Practice for Junior Scientists

Today crops have to feed more people, be more efficient and adapt to an ever changing environment. To ensure healthy food supplies for all, scientists are researching new crops and technologies worldwide. And this task can be very exciting. See for yourself and spend a day in one of our international student laboratories. New research labs are opening every year in different countries. Put your chemistry and biology knowledge into practise: run complex experiments and analyse your results. We guarantee it’ll change the way you see the world.
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Spend a day in Baylab plants student laboratories and discover the world of crop science.

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Since 2009 more than 10,000 students visited the Baylab plants in Germany. New Baylabs are opening worldwide, with more to follow.

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Analyze the genetics of different seed varieties yourself. Experiments are exciting, authentic and grow knowledge.

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Work with crops like rapeseed, rice or wheat, and experience how science can help solve major challenges.

Our current
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Inspiring the young generation about science since 2009

The Baylab plants student lab in Monheim (Germany) is a well-established laboratory that has inspired more than 10,000 students since 2009. Take a look at our current experiments:
LAB 1

Extract rapeseed oil

In Lab 1 you’ll discover rapeseed oil, the world’s third most important plant oil. It contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio perfect for human consumption. You’ll extract rapeseed oil with a Soxhlet apparatus and find out how apolar solvents work. In this experiment you’ll compare the iodine value of rapeseed and other oils.

LAB 2

Rapeseed to biofuel

After an introduction and short briefing, students will put on their lab coats at 9 a.m. Find out more about the day at the Baylab plants here. Arrival Welcome to the Baylab plants! Preparation Jackets off and lab coats on. Introduction and splitting into groups. Experiments Carry out interesting experiments on your own. Our Baylab staff will guide you through the different steps. Lunch Lunch break in tropical atmosphere in the "Tropicarium". Evaluation Finalize your experiments and evaluate your results. Departure Have a safe trip home!

LAB 3

Experiment A: The plant breeder’s work

Differences between plants are encoded in their genetics or DNA. Plant breeders today analyse DNA to develop new crop varieties. One method is called marker assisted selection. In your experiment you’ll run the molecular genetic analysis of two rapeseed varieties with different fatty acid compositions. Only one of them produces an edible oil. Isolate DNA, check out the polymerase chain reaction and detect a single point mutation.

LAB 3

Experiment B: Make ethanol from straw

Bioethanol, an alternative fuel for benzine engines, is mainly produced from crops like sugar cane, maize or wheat. But new methods allow us to use even straw and other plant residues in the production. In the Lab 3/B experiments you’ll decompose cellulose to glucose, practise biochemistry, prepare a fungal extract and measure enzymatic activity. With baker’s yeast we’ll ferment glucose to ethanol and detect carbon dioxide and ethanol.

The day at
Baylab plants

After an introduction and short briefing, students will put on their lab coats at 9 a.m. Find out more about the day at the Baylab plants here.
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Arrival

Welcome to the Baylab plants!

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Preparation

Jackets off and lab coats on. Introduction and splitting into groups.

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Experiments

Carry out interesting experiments on your own. Our Baylab staff will guide you through the different steps.

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Lunch

Lunch break in tropical atmosphere in the "Tropicarium".

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Evaluation

Finalize your experiments and evaluate your results.

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Departure

Have a safe trip home!

FAQ

What types of school and grades is Baylab plants suitable for?

The student laboratory is suitable for students in grades 9-13 at any type of school. The program covers a variety of topics such as plant biotechnology, conventional breeding, molecular marker and RNAI technology, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, esterification, agriculture, world population and a whole lot more ...

Is a visit to Baylab plants free?

Bayer CropScience covers the costs of visiting the student laboratory and catering during the day. Schools only have to pay the travel costs for teachers and students.

What educational level do my students need to have?

As a matter of principle, we avoid specifying a particular level of knowledge. We do not want to put students and teachers under pressure to succeed.

Do all planned experiments have to be conducted or can the program be changed?

A class is normally divided between all three laboratories. We will make an exception to this for a chemistry or biology class. Contact us about this.

What is the teacher’s job on this day?

Teachers have the choice of either observing the class or taking part as a “student” themselves. They explicitly hand over the role of coordinator and teacher to the supervisory staff at Baylab plants.

Does a teacher need to accompany the class?

It is absolutely essential that a teacher accompanies the class. He or she will monitor and accompany the class on the day. However, their role will change in the student laboratory, where our staff take charge.

What days of the week are the activities offered?

The activities always take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The laboratory is closed during school vacation.

How do I get to Baylab plants using public transportation?

From the direction of Düsseldorf, Langenfeld:
S-Bahn line S6 to the Langenfeld (Rheinl.) stop.
From there, take bus 790 to the Landwirtschaftszentrum stop.

From the direction of Cologne, Leverkusen:
S-Bahn line S6 or regional express to the Leverkusen Mitte stop.
From there, take bus 233 to the Alfred-Nobel-Strasse stop.

How can I get further information or register my class?

Please use our hotline or the e-mail form on the right of this page.

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