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Plant Biology Class Week 2

  • Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge N5727 County Road Z Onalaska, WI, 54650 United States (map)

Plant Biology Syllabus

February 13, 20, & 27, 2019

Contact Information

Course Coordinator: Ruth Davis  

Instructor: Dr. Melinda Knutson

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 General Information

Week 1

Feb 13 morning (10-12): Moss sex and peat’s engineered habitat AND Fern spores and the vascular conquest of land

Week 1

Feb 13 afternoon (1-3): Roots and symbiosis with non-plants AND Stems are more than just the in-between

Week 2

Feb 20 morning (10-12): The leaf as a biochemical factory AND Photosynthesis everyone should understand

Feb 20 afternoon (1-3): Days and years in the lives of plants AND :Advent of seeds: cycads and ginkgoes

Week 3

Feb 27 morning (10-12): Why conifers are holiday plants AND Water plants came from land

Feb 27 afternoon (1-3): Why the tropics have so many plant species AND Modifying the genes of plants

Additional Information and Resources

Botanical Club of Wisconsin State group, with local chapters. Field trips with experienced botanists, amateurs welcome

Black, M.R., and E.J. Judziewicz. 2009. Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region: A comprehensive field guide. Univ of Wisconsin Press. Comprehensive field guide, regional resource; key can be confusing for a novice, photos very small

Chadde, Steve W.  2013.  Wisconsin Flora: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin.  Steve W. Chadde. Comprehensive field guide for Wisconsin, with drawings and range maps by county.

Darke, R., and D.W. Tallamy. 2016. The living landscape: designing for beauty and biodiversity in the home garden. Timber Press. Rave reviews online, translation of ideas from 2009 book into practical landscaping ideas, beautiful photos

Holm, H.N. 2014. Pollinators of native plants: attract, observe and identify pollinators and beneficial insects with native plants. Pollination Press, LLC. Best book available on plants and pollinators

Newcomb, L., and G. Morrison. 1977, 1989 reprint. Newcomb's wildflower guide. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Classic, simple field guide and key, excellent drawings, but names a bit outdated.

Steiner, L.M. 2007. Landscaping with native plants of Wisconsin. Voyageur Press, St. Paul, MN. Excellent, regional resource on native plants for landscaping

Tallamy, D.W. 2009. Bringing nature home: How native plants sustain wildlife in our gardens, updated and expanded. Timber Press, Inc. Classic book - transformed our ideas about the value of native plants

Weaner, L., and T. Christopher. 2016. Garden revolution: how our landscapes can be a source of environmental change. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. Advocates use of native plants in landscaping.

iNaturalist; PictureThis; PlantNet; Minnesota Wildflowers; Trees USA; vTree; Illinois Wildlflowers; Wisconsin Wildflowers; Montana Grasses Apps for smart phones


Earlier Event: February 13
Plant Biology Class Week 1
Later Event: February 27
Plant Biology Class Week 3