Ecological Agriculture: Crop Botany and Plant Genetics

Spring 2022
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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How do seeds form?  How do plants develop from seeds?  How do plants adapt to particular environmental conditions?  The modification of plant evolution by human selection has played a major role in the history of agriculture.  Ecological agriculture is based on an understanding of plant biology, either through the grazing of livestock or the growing of food crops.  This program focuses on the science of crop botany and genetics as a basis for propagation, seed-saving, and plant breeding.

In one strand, the basic life cycle and reproductive botany of crop members of the most important plant families will be explored.  This systematic survey will make connections to their center of diversity and origin.  In a second strand, the principles of plant breeding will be presented through an introduction to Mendelian and quantitative genetics.  Some of the agricultural methods of plant reproduction, by both sexual and vegetative propagation, will be considered.  Readings may include Kingsbury's Hybrid: The History and Science of Plant Breeding , Nabhan's Where Our Food Comes From , and Navazio’s The Organic Seed Grower .

The adaptation of crop plants to specific environments, especially in this era of climate change, becomes increasingly critical for the future of sustainable agriculture.  Laboratory and field experiments, as well as field trips to local farms and plant breeding centers, will provide an applied context for our inquiry.

Registration

Prerequisites

One year of high school biology

Spring 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30128

Academic details

Paths
Intermediate
Advanced
Preparatory For

agriculture, botany, seed production

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$430 fee to cover registration fees for Organic Seed Alliance workshop; two-day field trip visiting farms producing vegetable seed in the Skagit Valley, and required lab fees

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Day
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting

SEM 2 E1107 - Workshop
Location
Olympia

Revisions

Date Revision
2022-02-22 Student fee increased to $430 (was $380) due to added lab fee