[Plant-education] Re: Introductory Botany

David R. Hershey dh321 at excite.com
Sat May 20 10:26:29 EST 2006


Two common themes in plant biology are correlation of structure with
function (e.g. stomata and gas exchange) and symbiosis (e.g. most
plants are a symbiosis between a plant and a mychorrizal fungus,
symbiosis between nitrogen fixing bacteria in numerous plant species,
endosymbiont theory for origin of chloroplasts and mitochondria,
beneficial endophytic fungi in some plants, animals as pollinators and
seed dispersers, ant plants, human cultivation and artificial selection
of plants, etc.)

The American Society of Plant Biologists' twelve Principles of Plant
Biology are excellent:
http://aspb.org/education/foundation/principles.cfm

I expanded their list in a Nov. 29, 2004 post to this group:
http://www.bio.net/hypermail/plant-ed/2004-November/007753.html


David R. Hershey
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/hershey/bio.htm



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