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Knot Your Typical Weed


Author(s)

Eric Ribbens
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
E-Ribbens@wiu.edu

Abstract

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive plant that can be very hard to eliminate. This PowerPoint-driven case study briefly describes this plant and asks students to identify possible solutions for its control when a homeowner discovers it growing next to his house. The case was designed for an introductory college course, either a general biology course or a plant biology course, and while it can be used as a regular case, it was actually written to assess the students' ability to solve a problem and write an analysis. If you teach with cases, shouldn't you test with cases as well?


Objectives

  • To test the ability of students to solve a real plant problem that they are probably not familiar with.
  • To better understand problems posed by invasive plant species and the difficulties involved in their control.

Keywords

Fallopia japonicum; Japanese knotweed; Polygonum cuspidatum; invasive species; weed control

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF, PowerPoint

Type / Methods

Analysis (Issues)

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Science (General)  |   Botany / Plant Science  |  


Date Posted

9/8/2015

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