Plant Biology

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Meeting Information
Location: CSC 121
Days: Wednesday, Friday
Time: 1:00-2:20
Location: CSC 1-AGRI
Days: Friday
Time: 2:30-5:00
Email: lwinship@hampshire.edu
Extension: 5387
Office: CSC 101
Office Hours:
Home Page:
Technical Information
Course Level: 200
Course Number: 218
Course Capacity: 15
Course Website:

Plant Biology is a Natural Science class taught by Larry Winship.

Course Description

From tiny seeds plants grow to enormous size, capturing and transforming energy and nutrients, avoiding predation and disease, finding mates and adapting to environmental extremes. We share a common evolutionary and biochemical heritage with plants and are utterly dependent on plant growth for our survival. Our species have the same basic environmental "problems" to solve, yet plants stand upright with wood instead of bones, they move with water pressure instead of muscles and they "feed" with roots instead of teeth and stomach! In this course we will explore the structures, life histories, and chemical mechanisms that allow plants to grow and adapt to an incredible variety of habitats. Based upon field and lab observations, our work in this course will emphasize whole plant biology in ecological context. The main work for the course will be a series of field and lab investigations, including detailed research paper write-ups.

Plant Biology Fall 2009

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