University of Wisconsin - Madison Botany Department Teaching Collection

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This collection of resources was originally organized to serve the needs of the students and instructors of the introductory course General Botany (Botany 130). While these resources target the needs of one specific course, others will find them useful for references and as a source of teaching materials. The UW-Madison Botany Department prefers that the botany images and movie clips be used for any educational purpose as long as they are not incorporated into a mass-distributed work. Specifically, the UW-Madison Botany Department does not want the images or movies copied and incorporated onto another web server, nor used in a publication without permission from the Department of Botany. These may be copied and used in Power Point presentations, and in any other instructional context as long as they are delivered to a limited local audience. For more information contact Michael Clayton, the coordinator of General Botany and curator of this collection.

General Botany is an introductory life-science course offered through the Department of Botany. It encompasses five basic areas which are reflected in the organization of this collection. For more information on Botany 130, go to the University of Wisconsin Botany Teaching Collection Information Page.

Special thanks are due to Steven Dast, Amy Rudersdorf, Charles Dean, and Tom Durkin with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library. This publication of the collection, as presented in its current form, would not have been possible without their hard work and patience.

Image Source:

Norway maple with fruit

Organization of the Collection

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  1. Basic Biological Concepts
    These topics are not specific to botany, and are a central part of any biology curriculum. The resources for each topic are not universal but mirror the specific set of activities conducted in each lab exercise.

  2. Plant Structure and Function
    Plant structure is a major component in any basic botany course. In General Botany, we try to link our study of structure to how a plant functions to survive in its environment, and to the evolutionary process responsible for the development of plant strcuture.

  3. Botanical Diversity Excluding Plants
    The course surveys a sampling of the major groups of organisms included in the discipline. These include all the organisms considered to be plants back when all organisms were considered to be either plants or animals. This collection consists of reference images of groups still included in botany, but which are not considered to be true plants.

  4. Plant Diversity
    This collection includes examples from each of the major groups of true plants.

  5. Ecology and Field Botany