Hungry Planet is designed as a textbook for general education or core courses in biology for nonscience major undergraduates. It teaches basic biological concepts within a framework of stories of plant diseases. Such a course should help students become more aware of the importance of plants and agriculture in their everyday lives and the challenges of providing food, fiber and fuel for a growing population.
These Instructor Resources include many exercises successfully used by the authors. Instructors are invited to use these resources as classroom exercises or to get ideas for additional exercises. In addition, there are many peer-reviewed sources of information related to plant diseases for students, including an illustrated glossary, in other sections of the APSnet Education Center. Student Resources for each chapter of Hungry Planet also are available on this site.
Instructor Resources by Chapter:
Chapter 1: The Irish Potato Famine - The Birth of Plant Pathology
Chapter 2: The Most Important Plant Pathogens - Fungi and Oomycetes
Chapter 3: Coffee and Rubber - Monocultures and Quarantines
Chapter 4: To Grow a Healthy Plant - Soil, Water, & Air
Chapter 5: Single-Celled Pathogens - Bacteria
Chapter 6: People Improving Plants - Genes and Genetic Engineering
Chapter 7: Roles People Play - Epidemics and their Management
Chapter 8: Chemicals to Protect Plants - Pesticides
Chapter 9: The World Belowground - Soilborne Pathogens
Chapter 10: Natural Poisons and Gourmet Delicacies - Fungi in Food
Chapter 11: Ancient and Present Day Foes - The Rusts
Chapter 12: Diseases of the Largest Plants - Trees
Chapter 13: The Smallest Pathogens - Viruses & Viroids
Chapter 14: Food for a Hungry Planet
Resources for each chapter are provided for students using Hungry Planet as a textbook. They include a gallery of color images, Internet resources, Words to Know with direct links from each term to the Illustrated Glossary, a podcast, selected readings, and questions for discussion.