In this course we will explore the interrelationship between humans and plants. An introduction to basic plant biology including plant anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and taxonomy will provide a framework for exploring the process of plant domestication and its economic and cultural consequences for humans. We will examine the origin and dispersal of major plants used by humans as food, drink, fiber, medicine and fuel. A major focus will be placed on the importance of plant diversity in cultural history, and how people of different regions and cultures make use of indigenous plants. Case studies will focus on the Mediterranean region
Field WorkCountry: Croatia
We will travel to botanical gardens on Lokrum Island outside Dubrovnik. We will tour the gardens with one of the staff, and have a specific presentation on the ethnobotany of the regional flora.