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Life sciences/Evolutionary biology/Evolutionary methods/Biological systematics/Taxonomies/Plant taxonomies

Freshmen taking a required plant biology course at New Jersey’s Rider University often become attached to the plants they grow for the class, even getting upset when they realize some of the seedlings must die so that their dry biomass can be measured. Throughout this process, the students go beyond common perceptions of plants as “green rocks” that are barely alive and not very interesting except to botanists intent on categorizing them. They get closer to realizing the importance of plants to food supply, atmospheric carbon balance, and even energy sources.