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Tulane University
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 
EBIO-3180, EBIO-6180, and EBIO-3185
 
PLANTS AND HUMAN AFFAIRS
 
COURSE DESCRIPTION
 
Since prehistoric times, people have relied on plants for food, clothing, shelter, medicines, and much more. This course investigates how plants support and shape human life. Topics include: early ideas about plants and the origins of plant lore; plant domestication and the rise of agriculture; plant products in commercial economies; cultural uses of plants; plants and the future of civilization. Lectures, readings, and discussions.
 
For undergraduate students, a separately graded, one-credit laboratory section is offered: Laboratory for Plants and Human Affairs - EBIO-3185.
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Botanist H. H. Rusby wearing his Amazonian headress. From: Jungle Memories (1933)
Photographs, depicting cultivated plants of Ceylon, all from The Hume Family Collection, University of Queensland
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