22 - What makes a plant a plant

22 - What makes a plant a plant - What makes a plant a...

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What makes a plant a plant? or - What’s a plant to you? ( i.e. who cares? ) Fact of the day: Pumpkins and the Squash bee- a two-way relationship between a plant and an animal Today’s fact courtesy of the Xerces society: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs095/11 02968923571/archive/1108023695532.html Pumpkins are native to Central America and the desert Southwest. The pumpkin we typically carve or cook is a species called Cucurbita pepo. The squash bee ( Peponapis pruinosa ) relies on pumpkins for survival, and seems to have followed pumpkins across the continent. The squash bee is also is specialized to be a very good pollinator of pumpkin flowers, which open early in the morning when bees often aren’t active yet. They are also particularly adapted to carrying the relatively large pollen grains of the flower
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The Plan to the end of the semester Me: Ed Lowry - o ffice hrs as listed online Intro to Plants what they are how they work, reproduce Mid-term 3 (Nov 16 th ) Ecology Individuals, Populations, Communities and Ecosystems Final Exam (Dec 13 th , 2:15pm, location TBD)
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Envision your future
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But what’s missing?
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Plants!
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What are they eating?
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Plant Blindness: “The widespread lack of awareness of plants and neglect of plants both in biology education and in the general population.” Wandersee and Schussler (2001) Plant Science Bulletin What’s so important about plants anyway?
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oxygen: the air we breathe! food : cereals, nuts, seeds, fruits, juice, vegetables, oil clothing : cotton, flax (linen) (not silk! not wool!) books and paper : from papyrus, birch, wood pulp building : wood, thatch, structural support, floors medicines : digitalis (heart-regulator), birth-control, cancer- fighting drugs, diabetes-control, weight loss spices : ginger, cloves, pepper, anise, sesame seeds, poppy seeds non-essentials : wine (and corks!), beer, other alcoholic drinks coffee, tea, chocolate, chewing gum, textile dyes, toothpaste, perfume, hand lotion Greatest Scientist you never heard of Norman Borlaug
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