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1 April 2011 The Power of Plants: Introducing Ethnobotany & Biophilia into Your Biology Class
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We examine the interdisciplinary nature of ethnobotany from a broad perspective and consider its application to the biology classroom and lab. The concept of biophilia and students' relationships with plants arc integral components. Botanical nature journaling, discussion of diverse cultural practices, and collection of plants are used to encourage students' interest in local plants. Interwoven with these topics is a plant/microbial lab, which focuses on the local environment and the potential antimicrobial properties of plant parts.

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Caryn Babaian and Paul Twigg "The Power of Plants: Introducing Ethnobotany & Biophilia into Your Biology Class," The American Biology Teacher 73(4), (1 April 2011). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2011.73.4.6
Published: 1 April 2011
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