Subject status: Core
Credits rating: 12 credits
Lectures: 40 hours
Seminars/Tutorials: 20 hours
Practical: 30 hours
Assignments: 10 hours
Independent study: 20 hours
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define key concepts and terminologies used in forest botany
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of general botany, plant taxonomy and phytogeography.
- Identify and describe important plant families in forestry.
4. Apply the acquired knowledge and skills to identify different plant taxa
5. Acquire knowledge and skills of plant collection and herbarium making.
Contents: Introduction: The concept of botany; characteristics of gymnosperms and angiosperms. Plant morphology: The plant body; the root, stem and leaf. Plant anatomy: The plant cell, plant meristems, tissues and tissue systems. Reproduction in flowering plants: inflorescence, the flower, pollination and fertilization, embryo and seed development. The fruit: fruit and seed dispersal. Plant taxonomy: definitions and concepts used in plant taxonomy, the need for plant classification, historical development of plant taxonomy, the process of classification, sources of taxonomic information; principles of botanical nomenclature. Ways and means to classification and identification; the herbarium and the experimental garden; identification keys. Plant description: identification and description of important plant families in forestry and wildlife.
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