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Presents basic concepts of plant biology for the non-major, focusing on the plant characteristics, unity and diversity, growth, and reproduction. Students discuss current ideas in agriculture, horticulture, medicine, biotechnology, ecology, conservation, and environmental issues. Laboratory work includes greenhouse and field studies.
Covers the nomenclature, classification, field study, and laboratory identification of common plant families, with emphasis on the conspicuous flora of Western and Central Washington. Format includes fieldwork, including two full-day trips to Central Washington.
Surveys the study of fungi, emphasizing interrelationships with the plant and animal kingdoms. Topics include classification and naming, reproduction, fungi as pathogens of plants, mycotoxins, medicinal and/or shamanistic uses, edible mushrooms, fungal diseases, plant/fungus symbiotic relationships, and pest management.