Plant Structure and Organization - 5 Plant Value to Human Economy and Esthetics We interact with plants daily. They provide us with food, clothing, shelter, fuel, paper, drugs (medicines), spices and the oxygen we breathe. In the Pacific Northwest, many have employment opportunities in forestry and National Parks (as well as landscaping, nurseries and floristics, not to mention golf courses). Plants decorate our surroundings and stimulate our senses with shape, color and smell. We may have privacy from our neighbors and reduction from stress because of plants in our environment. A walk in the woods or time spent in one’s garden restores sanity in a frantic life. As we progress through our Biology 213 experience this term we will be addressing how plants meet the challenges of living organisms. We shall start with the process of reproduction and development of flowering plants followed by plant structure and organization and continue with how plants function.
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