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PLANT TAXONOMY BHT344

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn plant taxonomy.

Taxonomy is the science that underpins accurate plant classification and naming.

When you understand plant taxonomy better; you become more capable of accurately identifying plants.  Sadly many university and college courses have downgraded teaching taxonomy despite protests from professionals in horticulture, agriculture and environmental sciences.

ACS has developed this course because of it's massive importance to employers and professionals. 

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Learn Plant Taxonomy

Taxonomy is not taught often enough today - a fact widely recognised by those who work with plants at all levels, from tradesmen to professionals - gardeners, landscapers, nurserymen, crop farmers, arborists and others - through to scientists, environmental managers and farmers.

This course fills a very important need, and for those who do it; provides a significant advantage over those who have not properly learned the basics of plant taxonomy.

COURSE CONTENT

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Taxonomy
    Introduction to Plant Taxonomy
    Scientific Vs. Vernacular Names
    Linnaeus
    Binomials
    Uniformity
    Protein Analysis
    Ranks and Language
    Ranks of Classification - KPCOFGS
    Plant Phyla
    Plant Families
    Genus and Species
    Latin Names
    Gardener's Ranks
    Hybrids
    Subspecies
    Varieties
    Cultivars
    International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
    The Basic Ideas
    Principle of Priority
    Legitimate Naming
    Recent Changes to the Code
    International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants
    Taxonomic Name Resolution Service
    International Plant Names Index
    Trademarks & Patents
    Plant Breeders Rights
    The Rise of Molecular Data
    The Impact of Molecular Data 
  2. Describing Plant Parts
    Habit
    Stems
    Hairs
    Leaves
    Compound and Simple Leaves
    Leaf Shapes
    Leaf Margins
    Leaf Structure
    Leaf Arrangements
    Leaf Venation
    Leaf Modifications
    Roots
    Root Modifications
    Terminology
    Flowers
    The Inflorescence
    Fruits
    Dry Fruits
    Fleshy Fruits
    Compound Fruits
    A Key to the Main Types of Fruits
    Terminology
  3. Recording & Analysing Plant Descriptions
    HERBARIA - Collecting and Preserving a Plant
    Fresh Material
    Arranging Plants for Pressing
    Pressing Difficult Specimens
    The Drying Process
    Herbarium Specimens
    Photographs
    The Problem of Colour
    The Law Relating to Plant Collecting
    Describing a Plant on Paper
    The Equipment You Need
    Botanical illustration
    Floral Diagrams
    Floral Diagram Technique
    Floral Formulae
    DNA Barcoding
    Process of Using DNA Barcoding for Plant Identification
    Applications of DNA Barcoding
    CHEMICAL ANALYSIS (Chemotaxonomy)
  4. Taxonomic Techniques
    The advantages of using keys and their limitations
    Using a key
    The rules when making a key
    Lamiaceae (Simplified Key)
    Rules When Writing Couplets
    Best Practice Points
    Making a key
    Why botanical families are so useful when identifying plants
  5. Primitive Plants
    The Bryophytes
    Mosses
    Liverworts
    Hornworts
    VASCULAR PLANTS or tracheophytes
    Vascular Tissue and Why it is Important in Evolution of Life on Earth
    A glossary to help you
    The Lycopodiopsida (or Lycophytes)
    Clubmosses - Plants in the family Lycopodiaceae
    Quillworts - Plants in the Family Isoetaceae
    Spike Mosses or Lesser Clubmosses – Plants in the Family Selaginellaceae
    the euphyllophytes – the seed plants, horsetails, and ferns
    The Seed Plants
    Horsetails
    The Ferns
  6. Seed Plants
    The gymnosperms
    The cycads – 1 order, 3 families, 10 genera, 285 species
    Ginkgo - 1 order, 1 families, 1 genus, 1 species
    The Gnetidae - 3 orders, 3 families, 3 genera, 71 species
    Welwitschiaceae - 1 Genus, 1 Species
    Gnetaceae - 1 Genus, 30 Species
    The conifers - 3 orders, 6 families, 69 genera, 591 species
    The Conifers’ Life History
    The Cycads, Ginkgo, and Gnetidae — How they Differ from the Conifers
    The Six Families of Conifers
    The Angiosperms
    Flowers and Why they are Important in Evolution of Life on Earth
    The Flowering Plant’s Life History
    The Diversity of Angiosperms
  7. Phylogeny of Land Plants
    Introduction
    Darwin’s Tree of Life Metaphor - The Hidden Bond of Descent
    Why Use DNA Sequences for Classification?
    The Principle of Monophyly
    The Phylogeny of Land Plants
    The major changes in flowering plant taxonomy
    The End of the Monocot-Dicot Split
    Finally, Some Resolution Within the Monocots
    Some Surprises
    Name Changes Resulting from the Increase in Evidence
    When Applying the Principle of Monophyly Results in Name Changes
    What we can learn from phylogenies
  8. Monocotyledons
    Summary of Important Families
    The Monocots — SIGNIFICANT FAMILIES
    Arecaceae
    Aizoaceae (syn. Ficoidaceae)
    Dioscoraceae
    Liliaceae
    Orchidaceae
    Iridaceae
    Amaryllidaceae
    Asparagaceae
    Arecaceae
    Pontederiaceae
    Musaceae
    Bromeliaceae
    Poaceae
    Cyperaceae
    Juncaceae
  9. Dicotyledons (Part I)
    Important Dicot Families
    Key to Selected Angiosperm Families
    Lower-growing Soft-wooded Plants
    Apiaceae
    Asteraceae
    Brasicaceae
    Crassulaceae
    Lamiaceae
    Euphorbiaceae
    Gesneriaceae
    Ranunculaceae
  10. Dicotyledons (Part 2)
    Fabaceae - Papilionoideae, Mimosoideae, Caesalpinoideae
    Fagaceae
    Ericaceae
    Malvaceae
    Myrtaceae
    Ongaraceae
    Rosaceae
    Proteaceae
    Rutaceae
    Rubiaceae

COURSE AIMS

  • Explain how plants are classified, including both benefits of and contradictions within the scientific system as followed by horticulturists and botanical scientists across different parts of the world
  • Examine and describe parts of a plant, both sexual and asexual, at various stages of the plant’s life cycle.
  • Process descriptive information about a plant using taxonomic techniques that involve processing that data to create a better understanding and/or record of that information.
  • Explain a variety of tools used in taxonomic work.
  • Explain the taxonomy of land plants that do not produce seeds.
  • Explain taxonomy of a range of significant, seed producing plants, including gymnosperms.
  • Explain the relationship between different types of plants (i.e. phylogeny), and how molecular information impacts on this in taxonomic considerations.
  • Differentiate between at least 10 different families of monocotyledon plants, through inspection and identification of a range of commonly shared characteristics within that family.
  • Differentiate between at least 10 different families of dicotyledon plants which predominantly contain lower growing soft wooded plants or herbs; through inspection and identification of a range of commonly shared characteristics within that family.
  • Differentiate between at least 10 different families of dicotyledon plants which predominantly contain woody trees and shrubs; through inspection and identification of a range of commonly shared characteristics within that family.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

  • For professional development
  • To improve employment or career prospects
  • To be more successful in business
  • Risk management
  • Heighten your ability to see and differentiate characteristics in plants
  • Identify plants more accurately
  • Identify plant names easier

 

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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