The power of plants: Introducing ethnobotany & biophilia into your biology class

Caryn Babaian, Paul Twigg

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We examine the interdisciplinary nature of ethnobotany from a broad perspective and consider its application to the biology classroom and lab. The concept of biophilia and students' relationships with plants arc integral components. Botanical nature journaling, discussion of diverse cultural practices, and collection of plants are used to encourage students' interest in local plants. Interwoven with these topics is a plant/microbial lab, which focuses on the local environment and the potential antimicrobial properties of plant parts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Ethnobotany
  • biophilia
  • botanical illustration
  • cultural practices
  • interdisciplinary
  • symbiotic relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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