Plants & Human Affairs - Introduction
Cherries.wmf (7140 bytes) Plants & Human Affairs (BIOL106)  -  Stephen G. Saupe, Ph.D.; Biology Department, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321;;

Greenhouse Observations


  1. Brief history of the CSB/SJU Biology Department Greenhouse

  2. Light (glazing, shading, supplemental lighting)

  3. Water & fertilizer

  4. Growth media 

  5. Pests

Locate the following plants:

  1. A woody plant
  2. An herb
  3. A shrub
  4. A tree
  5. A vine (liana)
  6. Fern sporophyte (with sporangia) and gametophyte
  7. Moss gametophyte and sporophyte
  8. Find 3 plants that are evolutionarily related to one another
  9. Locate a plant in flower � if the flowers are abundant, carefully remove one and dissect it looking for the major parts

Locate a plant with the following adaptations (suggest the evolutionary significance of each feature)

  1. Succulence
  2. Epiphytes
  3. Reduced leaves
  4. Thorns and spines
  5. Asexual reproduction
  6. Drip tips
  7. Aerial roots
  8. Climbing plant
  9. A plant with rhizomes
  10. A plant with a bulb
  11. A plant with a stolon
  12. Carnivorous plant
  13. Plants that exhibit various modes of asexual reproduction (without flowers)
  14. Mechanisms (at least two different ones) to protect from herbivores 
  15. Flower modified for wind pollination
  16. Flower modified for insect pollination
  17. Flower modified for bat pollination


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