Plant Resources and their Conservation - SE898

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR R Puri







Botanical information resources
Basic taxonomy
The role of the herbarium
Plant systematics and family sorts
Taxonomy of selected families
Collecting plant specimens under tropical conditions
Ethnobotanical research at Kew
Yam ethnobotany
History of economic botany and the role of the botanic garden
Chinese herbal medicine
Plant phytochemistry in relation to ethnobotany
Applied Ethnobotany


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Contact hours



Autumn and Spring Terms

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is by 100% coursework, which will consist of a single 3000-4000 word essay on a topic to be agreed by the student, the supervisor and the module convenor.

Indicative reading

Balick, M.J., and P. Cox 1996. Plants, people and culture
Harris, J.G. and M. W. Harris 1994. Plant identification terminology
Heywood, V. 1993. Flowering plants of the world
Hobhouse, H. 1992. Seeds of change
Lewington, A. 2002. Plants for people
Mabberley, D. J. 1997. The plant book.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module MA/MSc students will be able to:
1) articulate and assess a number of botanical approaches to issues in economic botany and conservation.
2) understand the study of economic botany and plant conservation in relation to how the subject has developed, and the role of botanic
3) evaluate various theories of how botanical knowledge is organized and explained
4) think critically in botanical terms about the relationship between plants and people
5) choose appropriate methods in relation to ethnobotanical questions suitable for research study
6) present ideas systematically and cogently both orally and in writing
7) interact with peers and their seminar leaders in the exchange of ideas
8) summarise complex material succinctly

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