BTNY 211 - Welcome to “Plants and the Environment”...

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Unformatted text preview: Welcome to “Plants and the Environment” Welcome to “Plants and the Environmen t” Australia Tibet Northern Canada Tennessee Indiana Course Goals You will • develop an understanding of the interactive roles that plants play in the environment. • appreciate the adaptations of plants to their environments • gain a scientific basis for making informed decisions about plants and the environment. • understand that we don’t have all the answers (life on this globe is complex) Learning Objectives • Module 1 (weeks 1-2): How do plants work? You will learn (review) key concepts about plant taxonomy, life cycles, photosynthesis, respiration, water movement in plants, and plant nutrition/decomposition. This information will help you understand the interaction between plants and topics discussed later in the course such as climate change, biodiversity, genetic engineering, and food systems. • Module 2 (weeks 3-5): Plant adaptations. You will learn about key adaptations that allow plants to survive in very diverse environments. We will focus on examples from Indiana habitats and you will learn about the natural history and major ecosystems of Indiana. • Module 3 (weeks 6-8): Plants and people. We will examine the role played by several key plants in human history and modern life. You will learn how plant anatomy, physiology, and chemistry made these plants so important for humans and why our history is so closely tied to certain plants. Learning objectives • Module 4:...
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course BTNY 211 taught by Professor Gibson during the Spring '11 term at Purdue.

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