Botany

seedlings

CORE COMPETENCIES

At the end of this session you will be able to articulate and explain:

  • The binomial system (Genus species) of plant nomenclature

  • Meaning of the terms hybrid, open-pollinated, variety and cultivar

  • Plant parts (roots, stems, buds, leaves, flowers and fruits) and their functions

  • Be aware of how a plant is identified – ie. using a dichotomous key

  • Plant growth, development and differentiation

  • The processes of photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration in plants

  • Major environmental factors that influence plant growth, development and phenology (spacing, nutrients, light, day length, water, temperature)


SELECTED READINGS AND CONTENT

Botany Primer: Understanding Botany for Nature’s Notebook (PDF), USA-NPN Education & Engagement Series, April 2015

Plant ID Resources

Additional Resources


PRACTICAL SKILLS GAINED AND STRENGTHENED

  • How to identify a plant using various tools – dichotomous key, on-line search, reference books
  • How to provide the proper environmental conditions for optimal plant growth and production