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The Rodent, the Bee, and the Brazil Nut Tree (NGSS - 6-8 Grade)

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The agouti, orchid bee, and Brazil nut tree benefit each other in their life cycles. This is called commensalism. Read about their relationships in the illustrated diagram below and try the Authentic Performance Activity to further understand how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

LS1.B Growth and Development of Organisms: Genetic factors as well as local conditions affect the growth of the adult plant. (MS-LS1-5)

MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms: Brazil Nut Tree Life Cycle - Authentic Performance

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