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How you can use online herbaria to learn about plants - AoBBlog. As part of Plant Facts Week (#PlantFactsWeek.

How you can use online herbaria to learn about plants - AoBBlog

Tela Botanica - Accueil. Primary School Herbarium Project launched. Make Your Own Herbarium Identification Book. Undergraduates and the BHL. "Is the bald eagle really bald?

Undergraduates and the BHL

" This was the question that a recent history of science undergraduate class at Harvard University had to answer with the help of BHL. Has Botany got its poster boy? - AoB Blog. At Plant Science Today Mary Williams is looking forward to the release of The Martian, a film that could have a major effect on the perception of botany.

Has Botany got its poster boy? - AoB Blog

She notes that it has two major features, botanist as the hero – and the botanical work is a key element of the film. This film provides a rare opportunity for the plant science community to leverage pop culture in order to highlight the importance of the work we do. There is a precedent for this. Archaeology had a big increase in student numbers following the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Physics has had an increase in student numbers after The Big Bang Theory made physicists seem likeable.

Likeability is often overlooked, but I think it’s crucial. Herbarium Project For Children - Herbal Academy. The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape. Eight years ago, in the coastal township of Shawbost on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, I was given an extraordinary document.

The word-hoard: Robert Macfarlane on rewilding our language of landscape

It was entitled “Some Lewis Moorland Terms: A Peat Glossary”, and it listed Gaelic words and phrases for aspects of the tawny moorland that fills Lewis’s interior. Reading the glossary, I was amazed by the compressive elegance of its lexis, and its capacity for fine discrimination: a caochan, for instance, is “a slender moor-stream obscured by vegetation such that it is virtually hidden from sight”, while a feadan is “a small stream running from a moorland loch”, and a fèith is “a fine vein-like watercourse running through peat, often dry in the summer”.

The “Peat Glossary” set my head a-whirr with wonder-words. It ran to several pages and more than 120 terms – and as that modest “Some” in its title acknowledged, it was incomplete. “There’s so much language to be added to it,” one of its compilers, Anne Campbell, told me. Why should this loss matter? Mnemonics are an Effective Tool for Adult Beginners Learning Plant Identification - AoB Blog. The decline in interest in plants in biological education is an established phenomenon.

Mnemonics are an Effective Tool for Adult Beginners Learning Plant Identification - AoB Blog

Compared to animals, plants are under-represented in biology textbooks and other media. Biology teachers often avoid using plant examples in class due to their own lack of knowledge or interest, perpetuating the cycle. With botanical topics often relegated to single modules or lecture sets and limited opportunities for fieldwork, learning of species identification has inevitably suffered. Species identification is a fundamental requirement for learning and understanding biodiversity, but it also plays a role in fostering concern for its preservation. Plant identification draws people’s attention to the wide variation in plant form, texture, colour, etc., increasing their interest in plants and their appreciation of biodiversity. Most beginners are introduced to plant diversity through identification keys, which develop differentiation skills but not species memorisation.

Bethan C. Related. Save field biology skills from extinction risk. John Warren and colleagues warn of the serious decline in graduates with sound identification skills Source: Michael Parkin It is widely accepted that the decline in field biology skills in the UK has reached crisis point.

Save field biology skills from extinction risk

But so what? The ability to identify bugs, flowers and birdsong may be viewed as all rather quaint. Some may consider it little different from the loss of other “traditional country skills” such as basket weaving or morris dancing. Without recorders who can reliably identify bumblebees, how would we know that our pollinators are at risk and thus our future fruit crops in peril? Where have all the Botany degree Schemes gone? - AoB Blog. What is it that makes a plant science degree more attractive to students?

Where have all the Botany degree Schemes gone? - AoB Blog

Naomi Broad finds out with help from Stephen Rutherford, Andrew Shore and Hilary Rogers. Cardiff University Students. Photo: Michael Hall Photography Have any of you wondered where all the Botany degree schemes have gone? This is something I noticed when researching which degree I was going to study at University. Lyceum_makeyourownherbarium.pdf. Missouri Botanical Garden — A new smartphone app launched by Garden curator... PlantSnap. Herbarium now open to students, public – The Campus Eye. Tucked in the Cambridge library is a variety of…herbs?

Herbarium now open to students, public – The Campus Eye

Photographs of herbarium samples by Cassandra Fiskewold hover mouse over image for descriptions of samples The Russell Johnson herbarium is housed at the Cambridge campus library. The herbarium is a plant reference collection. Students can learn about botanical classification, plant relationships, plant preservation, storage techniques and shelving models. Herbology Manchester. Attention “Blinks” Differently for Plants and Animals. Natural History Network. Children & Nature Network (C&NN) K-12 Material. Botanic Gardens and Agricultural Education. Everyone eats food.

Botanic Gardens and Agricultural Education

From birth until death, food is one of the continuous threads that bind all humans together. Everyone needs food, and the majority of the food we eat comes directly from plants or from animals that predominately eat plant-based diets. That is to say, almost all food derives from plants grown on farms. Unfortunately, the average American is no longer intimately connected to agriculture. In the U.S., we have gone from more than 70% of the workforce working directly in agriculture in the 19th century to less than 2% now. But there is strong resurgent interest in food and agriculture driven primarily by the desire to eat healthfully and social concerns related to perceptions of agricultural production.

Re-Connecting the Public with Agriculture Botanical and public gardens, which are present in virtually every urban center and enjoy more than 70 million visitors per year, represent a tremendous opportunity for making the connection between the public and agriculture. A.