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​​​​Hungry Planet: Stories of Plant Diseases​ Instructor Resources

Instructor Resources

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​


Student Resources

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.

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