Economic Botany

Course description Economic Botany
Year: 2013-2014
Catalog number: 4313EBC10
Teacher(s):
  • prof.dr.D.J.Mabberley (NHN-L/Keeper of the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK).
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 4
Level: 500
Period: Semester 2
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

Advised: Biodiversity year 2 and training flora usage are advantageous.

Contact information

Coordinator: J.M. de Wolf, dr. M.C. Roos
Email: Hanneke.Dewolf@naturalis.nl, Marco.Roos@naturalis.nl

Description

This course, of lecture and demonstrations (1st week) and one written assignment (2nd week), gives a foundation in the genetical principles underlying domestication and the systematics of the major groups of crop and plants, with particular emphasis on tropical examples. The course will thereby allow students to appreciate not only the botany of cultivated plants, their structure, evolution, and systematics, but also the relevance of these studies to the economies of both temperate and tropical countries. Specific topics include e.g. origins of agriculture, food and other economic crops arranged to commodity groups (like roots, cereals, pulses, fruits, beverages, oils & fats, timbers & firewood crops, fibres & latex, pharmaceuticals, herbs & spices, and ornamentals. In the second week comprises a literature study in couples on a chosen objective, the results of which are orally presented on the last day and in a written assignment afterwards.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
In this course one can learn about the fascinating world of what is in fact the human side of plant-animal interactions.

Final qualifications:
Students have knowledge about the botany of cultivated plants, their structure, evolution, and systematics, but also the relevance of these studies to the economies of both temperate and tropical countries.

Timetable

May 2014, the detailed timetable will be published on Blackboard.

Total number of contact hours

12 h. lectures, 8 h. student presentations, 4 h. botanical gardens

Mode of instruction

Lectures, demonstrations, written assignment

Assessment method

Written assignment and oral presentation

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for communication

Reading list

Additional literature (not mandatory) C. Kalkman, Planten voor dagelijks gebruik. KNNV Utrecht 2003; D.J. Mabberley, The Plant-book (corr. 3nd ed 2008), Cambridge University Press

Registration

Via USIS and enroll in Blackboard
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

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