bio325 | undergraduate

Economic Botany

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This course focuses on the economic uses of plants from international, historical, environmental and contemporary perspectives. Economic uses include plant textiles, spices, herbs, perfumes, oils, waxes, beer, coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, marijuana, psychedelics, fuel algae, and fungi.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Plant Reproduction: Flowers, Fruits, Nuts, and Seeds

    • Describe the primary processes in plant reproduction.
    • Compare the key botanical characteristics of fruits and nuts.
    • Analyze the geographical origins and cultural aspects of economically important fruits and nuts.
    • Identify the major facets of plant taxonomy.

    Global Food Staples: Grains, Grasses, Legumes, and Leaves

    • Differentiate among the botanical traits within the major crop families.
    • Describe the origins and domestication of the major crop families.
    • Explain the role of key plant families in the development of human culture.

    The Flavor, Scent, and Industrial Extracts of Plants

    • Describe the historic and economic importance of the world’s major spices and herbs.
    • Identify the major categories and uses of seed and vegetable oil.
    • Describe the different forms and uses of latex.

    Medicinal and Euphoric Plants

    • Differentiate between medicinal, hallucinogenic, and poisonous plants.
    • Describe the historical and present uses of medicinal and euphoric plants.
    • Identify major plants used in the pharmaceutical industry.
    • Discuss the significant cultural and economic uses of plants to make drinks.

    Plant Fiber, Building Materials, and Industrial Uses

    • Evaluate the botanical features of plants that are used for fiber.
    • Distinguish among the botanical characteristics of tree species used for lumber.
    • Analyze the value of non-timber forest products and ecosystem services.
    • Identify the industrial and biological uses of algae.
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