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Plants and People, Part 2    NEW!

We often take plants for granted. To develop an appreciation for the importance of plants in our daily lives, we will examine how plants contribute to our lives and well-being, including the basics such as oxygen to breathe, food, shelter, and clothing. We will review scientific concepts and terminology relating to plant structures and functions with an emphasis on stems, wood, cork, and bamboo. Additional topics we will cover include fermentation, the production of wine and beer, and the distillation of liquors; the role of plant compounds as medicines and psychoactive/stimulating agents; and various types of plant fibers, natural dyes and tannins, and their uses. Finally, we will discuss how plants influence climate change and the consequences of current threats to plant biodiversity. The format will be interactive lectures; plant material will be brought in periodically to demonstrate particular concepts. NOTE: This course is a continuation of Plants and People (Part 1) taught in Winter 2023 and will focus on topics not covered in Part 1 of the course. It is not necessary to have taken Part 1 to understand the material in Part 2.
  • Plants and People, Part 2
  • Item Number: W24STEM306A
    Dates: 1/19/2024 - 2/23/2024
    Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 6
    Maximum Enrollment:  30
    Building: Campbell Center
    Room: Room A
    Instructor: Melissa Luckow
    Registration for this course is closed. 
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