Exploring the World of Plants
Full course description
There are currently between 300.000 and 350.000 species of land plants known. These vary tremendously in terms of their characteristics and diversity. Several groups have only one to a few species while the flowering plants constitute the majority of species. This group is also by far the most important plant group for humans in terms of food, health, and economic value.
In this skill, you will first study the evolutionary history of four groups (the ‘mosses’, ferns, ‘gymnosperms’ and angiosperms). You will focus on the life cycle of these groups and learn how the differences in life cycles are related to adaptations that are connected to water availability. Then you will focus mainly on flowering plants. You learn what the vegetative plant body looks like and why. After this, you focus on the reproductive strategies of angiosperms and look at flowers, fruits and seeds.
Finally, you will learn how to plant physiological experiments to study some of the vital process in plants such as transpiration and phloem transport.
In this skills-training you will get an overview of the characteristics of one of the most important lineages of life: land plants. At the end of this skills-training you should have insight into the most important aspects in these groups and explain their characteristics. Furthermore, you gain specifically insight into the flowering plants and their mode of reproduction.
- BIO2003 General Botany
- Botany, an introduction to plant biology. J.D. Mauseth, 6th ed. 2017. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 978-1-284-07753-7
- Campbell Biology. J.B. Reece et al. 2015. Pearson.