New - Plant Taxonomy Short Course
ACS Short Course-
ACS Distance Education have just released a new short course in Plant Taxonomy. Plant Taxonomy is the scientific identification of plants. It will help you make more sense of plant names and characteristics.
Anyone who works with plants should understand how critical it is to have an understanding of plant taxonomy and plant identification. Those who work in the horticultural, environmental or agricultural sectors, should be able to identify parts of a plant or have the ability to place plants into higher level scientific classifications such as a family or class. Taxonomy trains people to observe the finer details that separate one plant cultivar from another. It provides a framework that makes the process of identifying plants systematic.
This course will help you identify a plant faster and with greater accuracy than would otherwise be possible.
Studying plant taxonomy has been sidelined, undervalued and neglected in horticulture, agriculture, botany and science courses. "This course covers topics that my colleagues have been complaining about being neglected in many horticulture and agriculture courses, for decades. These are topics that used to be studied in most certificates, diplomas and degrees but no longer. This is knowledge that could be lost to the industry if new entrants do not make an effort to learn it." John Mason, Principal, ACS Distance Education.
Without this level of taxonomic knowledge, you risk mis-identifying plants. That can mean growing a less productive species, or even worse -growing a plant with higher levels of toxins or even a prohibited invasive species - and being completely unaware of it.
As this short course can be studied in your own time, at your own pace, it is a great addition to your professional development and can be completed in a couple of days, we say you can complete the course in 20 hours.
It covers 4 lessons:
Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION - The Why and How of Plant Names
Lesson 2 NAMING THE BITS - Plant Anatomy
Lesson 3 IDENTIFICATION TOOLS
Lesson 4 PLANT FAMILIES - The Family Life of Plants
If you would like to see more of the course to review, please get in touch and we will arrange a copy for you.
You can learn more about this course by visiting the Plant Taxonomy short course page at our online bookshop.
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