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Manual: El Nombre de las Plantas by Lena Struwe (Spanish translation of ‘The Naming of Plants’)

Carmen Acedo at University of León, in León, Spain, has gracefully translated the manual The Naming of Plants into Spanish.  We are making it available as a free…

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Videos: Botany topics by Timothy Evans (Dangerous Botany and more)

Here is a list of Timothy Evans’ videos on Youtube, suitable for botany classes. They are filmed in temperate North America (Michigan, USA) and feature local plants. Dangerous…

Tracheophyte phylogeny and leaf origins (cc) E Hermsen

Website: Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life, plant articles by Elizabeth J. Hermsen

Elizabeth J. Hermsen has provided great illustrated web-based introductions to plant systematics, anatomy and morphology as part of the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life.  These are great teaching…

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Video: Off-road Enthusiasts and Coal Land Forest Restoration | Plants are Cool, Too!

Conservation takes partnership. Many off-roaders think conservationists are all “tree-huggers”… and many conservationists think off-roaders are all “tree-killers.” But somewhere in between there is a sweet spot where…

Video: Rappelling Scientists Find Rare Species Hiding for 100+ Years | Plants Are Cool, Too!

A team of biologists drops off a cliff to learn more about one rare plant, but ends up discovering something completely unexpected with the help of science Twitter….

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Handouts: Weedy Plant Information (toxicity, recipes, field identification), from Lena Struwe’s lab

Lena Struwe’s lab group at Rutgers University has developed several resources about common weeds of northeastern North America and these are shared with the public here.  They were…

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Activity: Street Trees Photolog and Ecosystem Service Calculations, by Amy Berkov

In this activity college students go outside and find ten street trees near their home or school, photograph them, identify them to species, and map them on a…

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Activity: iNaturalist Observation Project, by Aaron Liston

This iNaturalist plant observation assignment for college students was developed by Aaron Liston from Oregon State University. It was designed to replace a traditional collection assignment. The students…

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Activity: Timeline of Evolution of Food, Agriculture, and Cooking, by Lena Struwe

This interactive timeline marking major events in the history and evolution of food, crops, migration of food, agriculture and cooking methods were created in 2012 by myself (Lena…

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Images: Virtual Flower Dissections, by Ben Montgomery

Looking for images of dissected flowers that you can turn 360 degrees to understand how flowers are constructed?  Look no more.  Benjamin R. Montgomery at University of South…

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Activity and Manual: How to take good and bad photos of plants for online plant identification, by Lena Struwe

This is an assignment I use in my Plant Diversity and Evolution class the week before they start their iNaturalist project.   The students learn how to take great…

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Images: Univ. Wisconsin-Madison’s Virtual Foliage website

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dept of Botany have many teaching images available on their Virtual Foliage homepage. They are divided up in three themed sets (linked below with an…

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Online course: Intro to Alaska Flora, by Stefanie Ickert-Bond

The online college class Intro to Alaska Flora from University of Alaska Fairbanks includes fantastic components developed by botany professor Stefanie Ickert-Bond. These online resources are available for…

Activity: iNaturalist Species Bingo, by Lena Struwe

This activity uses the citizen science tool iNaturalist for a project for high school and college students that focus on species discovery and identification.  Observations are uploaded to…

Video: “Incredible pollen storm” from single pine tree

There is a great little video from a local news station in New Jersey, USA, filmed by Jennifer Henderson when her husband hit the tree with his backhoe,…

Book: ‘Botany in a Day’, by Thomas Elpel

The new 6th edition of this well-known book by Thomas Elpel follows the APG system (a phylogenetic classification system now used worldwide) and provides easy to access information…

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Activity and Article: Market Botany, by Chris Martine

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…

Images: Botanical Morphology and Anatomy (Flickr Group)

Looking for good photos to use in class or to learn morphology and anatomy? Scroll through the thousands of photos that have been added to the Flickr group…

Video: Hunting for New Species in the Chihuahuan Desert (15:00), by Chris Martine

Key concepts: 1) New species are continuing to evolve right before our eyes, and 2) Scientists often work across international borders. What do you get when a team…

Video: Restoring Forests on Old Coal Mines (10:00), by Chris Martine

  Key concept: How one coal region community is inspiring recreational vehicle users to help restore forests on lands devastated by mining. Many off-roaders think conservationists are all…

Video: Carnivorous Pitcher Plants (13:16), by Chris Martine

Key concept: How pitcher plants lure, trap, and digest insect prey… with the help of millions of mystery microbes. Guest expert for this episode of “Plants are Cool,…

Video: Hawkmoth Pollination in the Desert (14:43), by Chris Martine

Key concept: Isolated populations of desert wildflowers are kept connected thanks to moths that might carry pollen as much as 18 miles per night. Dr. Krissa Skogen (Chicago…

Video: Skunk Cabbage is Smelly… and Important (8:37), by Chris Martine

Smelling like a dead animal (or a zombie) and having thermogenesis works out well for the plant known as skunk cabbage; and having this plant around works out…

Video: Fossilized Forests (14:59), by Chris Martine

Key concept: Most plant fossils are impressions, but the ones in  Clarkia, Idaho are actual leaves encased in rock for the last 15 millions years… and we might…

Video: Can a Fence Help Solve Hawaii’s Biodiversity Crisis? (7:22), by Chris Martine

Key concept: The first predator-proof management fence installed in the US is helping to prevent species extinction in Hawaii. Dr. Marian Chau and Kim Shay are the guest…

Video: The Last Real Forest in New York (7:04), by Chris Martine

  Key concept: The largest cities on the planet are home to millions of humans, but there is still plenty of nature to discover and appreciate in these…

Video: Extreme Weeds of Parking Lots (8:21), by Chris Martine

  Key concept: Plants that survive in parking lots might be considered “weeds,” but they are also really great examples of extremophiles – organisms that survive, thrive, and…