NPLK14011U Tropical Botany
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Environment and Development
MSc Programme in Forest and Nature Management
The common curriculum consists of a selection of important tropical plant families, genera, and species with emphasis on the morphology, the systematics and the the utilization of the plants. e.g. as medicinal plants, crops, timber, or ornamentals.
In addition, the students will, either individually or in groups, work in-depth with families, genera, and species of their own choice.
Characteristics of the relevant biomes will be introduced.
The course will include 1) lectures, 2) demonstrations of plant material, 3) visits to the greenhouse, Botanical Garden, and markeds, 4) independent self study.
The course is addressed to students who plan to study tropical agriculture, forestry, horticulture, crop protection in the tropics, tropical plant pathology, animal husbandry in the tropical, tropical landscape architecture or other tropical and Third World subjects. Students contemplating a career within agencies or institutions in the developing countries will find the course to be of relevance.
The overall learning outcome is to provide students with the necessary skills and competences through ex-situ experiences to study tropical agriculture, forestry, horticulture, crop protection in the tropics, tropical plant pathology, animal husbandry, tropical landscape architecture or other tropical and Third World subjects.
After this course, the students will be able to
- identify important tropical families through analysis of morphological characters.
- list the most important usages of tropical plants, and their ecological requirements.
- describe a plant using the proper morphological terms.
- list the most important characteristics of the relevant biomes.
- use the correct scientific and English nomenclature of tropical plants
The skill set gained from this course will allow the students to work with different aspects of tropical plants, e.g. as a researcher or advisor within the fields of agriculture, forestry, horticulture incl. crop protection, and animal husbandry in the tropics.
The students will be able to provide an inventory of a plot, and advise about plant biodiversity, genetic resoures, land restoration, landscaping, and sustainable production.
Heywood, V.H., Brummitt, R.K., Culham, A. & Seberg, O. 2007. Flowering Plant Families of the World. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Simpson, M.G. 2010. Plant systematics. Elsevier Academic Press Publications.
Walter, H. & Breckle, S-W. 2002. Walter's Vegetation of the Earth: The Ecological Systems of the Geo-Biosphere. New York: Springer-Verlag
Bramley, G & Utteridge T. 2015. The Kew tropical Plant Familiies identification Handbook. Kew Publishing
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Class Instruction
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- Project work
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 minWritten assignmentOral exam accounts for app. 50% and the written course assignment (prepared during the course) for app. 50% towards to the total mark. An overall assesment is made. No preparation time before the oral examination.
- Exam registration requirements
Student presentation of chosen 'crop(s)'
- Without aids
No aids for the oral examination.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner.
As the ordinary exam.
If the requirements are not met the student must do the presentation of chosen 'crop(s)' to the course coordinator two weeks before the reexamination at the latest.
Criteria for exam assesment
- of tropical plants of agronomic, forestry and horticultural importance, and the specific utilised parts of each crop, e.g. seed(s), legumes/pods, roots/tubers, grains, etc.
- of selected tropical plant families and their origin and ecology
- of the correct scientific and English names of tropical plants
Comprehends the causal connections of abiotic/biotic ecological factors in tropical regions