Scientists argue that we won’t be able to protect the natural world, if we’re not training the next generation of botanists with the necessary skills, writes Sebastian Stroud.Continue reading Are Botanists Threatened with Extinction?
Tagged: plant awareness disparity (PAD)
Plant blindness [PB] is the term coined by James Wandersee & Elisabeth Schussler (The American Biology Teacher 61(2): 82–86, 1999; https://doi.org/10.2307/4450624) for the phenomenon in humans whereby plants are not seen – literally overlooked – in nature, and consequently their importance to humanity is not appreciated. It’s also been called zoochauvinism, and zoocentrism, which terms emphasise the perceived pre-eminence and importance of animals above all other forms of life – plants, bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa, and Archaea. As Botanists we know the importance of plants** – and related photosynthetic organisms such as algae and cyanobacteria – to the lives...Continue reading Plant blindness eradicated *