BIOL 108 Tropical Field Botany
introduction to the native, agricultural, and medicinal plants of the Old World
tropics. Classroom and field work will include identification of tropical plant
families, plantation agriculture (e.g. rubber, spices, and tea), and
sustainable harvest of medicinal plants. Students will be immersed in a
primarily agrarian society, explore issues regarding the rights of people once
assigned to lower castes, and religious harmony among Kerala’s Hindus, Muslims,
and Christians. Visits with western, Ayurvedic, and tribal medical
practitioners will allow a comparison of how botanical resources are understood
and used in these different medical systems.
During the summer,
students travel to Kerala, India for field work. This trip entails an
additional cost to the student. Laboratory course (NS-L, GA).
Here are some photos from the 2013 field work!