This 1-day training consists of four blocks of 75 minutes each, in which we give 50 minutes of theory/lesson and discuss this with the group for 25 minutes. In between there are long breaks with a few assignments.
Preliminary schedule of the program
11.00 am - 12.15 pm Introduction of participants and general introduction: difference between seeds and fruits. What do you need to know before you start identifying? What are we looking at? What tools are there and how can you use them?
12:15 pm - 13.00 pm Lunch break plus Assignment: use the website plantatlas.eu
13.00 pm - 14:15 pm Terms and guidelines for correct naming of plant species and plant parts. Assignment: Search website Catalog of Life.
14.15 pm - 14:45 pm Break
14:45 pm - 16:00 pm Handling seed material - parts and processing for identification. Fragmentation processes and assessment of germinative parts in fragmented material.
16.00 pm - 16:20 pm Break plus home assignment: carry out assignment with pictures of material send in by participants.
16:20 pm - 17:30 pm How to start identifying seeds and fruits?
- After the training you will understand the structure of a scientific plant name (of family, genus, species and subspecies/variety) and the commonly used abbreviations.
- You do know the difference between a valid name and a synonym and can you consult a website that allows you to review synonyms.
- You do recognize different terms for parts of a seed or fruit that are important for determining it.
- You do know a number of different tools that you can use independently to determine seeds and fruits.
- You have built up knowledge about which parts of a seed or fruit must be intact in order to be able to germinate and form a new plant.