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Botany is the study of plants. Because species in the plant kingdom have characteristics that make them distinct from any other form of life, they are particularly interesting subjects for the study of evolution and physiology. For example, whereas most organisms are dependent on other organisms for energy, plants can capture energy directly from photons of light and convert it into a usable form through the process of photosynthesis. For this reason, plants are referred to as the “producers”...

Topics: Biology
Cost: Free

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Botany is the study of plants. Because species in the plant kingdom have characteristics that make them distinct from any other form of life, they are particularly interesting subjects for the study of evolution and physiology. For example, whereas most organisms are dependent on other organisms for energy, plants can capture energy directly from photons of light and convert it into a usable form through the process of photosynthesis. For this reason, plants are referred to as the “producers” in a habitat. Unlike the cells of other organisms, plant cells have rigid cell walls constructed from the inside out (rather than the outside in) during mitosis and cytokinesis. Plants also have a variety of unique reproductive and dispersal mechanisms that allow them to quickly adapt to, occupy, and invade far-flung areas, despite their general immobility.In this course, you will learn the basics of plant biology. We will begin with plant anatomy, learning the names and functions of all of the parts of a plant. We will then move on to plant physiology, where you will learn about photosynthesis, growth, and reproduction. Next, we will study plant evolution according to the fossil record and will take a general look at the diversity of plant life in existence today. Finally, we will discuss the ways in which plants fit into the global ecology, highlighting their importance in any habitat.This course will prepare you for further study in the fields of botany and horticulture. It will also be useful to students of ecology, evolution, and resource management.

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  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: One-on-One
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: Saylor
  • Topics: Biology

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About Saylor: The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero

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