College-level course module exploring the diversity of plant species available for sale at a local grocery store. Survey data are analyzed by calculating measures of species richness and relative abundance to determine statistically which plant taxa we use the most in terms of available food products. Module has been used successfully for over a decade across two institutions and has been a hit with students – who often claim that the experience has changed the way they view both plant diversity and their own patterns of food consumption.
Developer and Copyright holder: Chris Martine
Published in Plant Science Bulletin (2011): downloadable (color pdf, 7 pages)Course module: Market Botany (article download) (145 downloads)