Knot Your Typical Weed
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
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?
- 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.
KeywordsFallopia japonicum; Japanese knotweed; Polygonum cuspidatum; invasive species; weed control
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsAnalysis (Issues)
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Science (General) | Botany / Plant Science |