What to Know for Lab Practical II

Messina Hof Winery Tour (refer to link for lab)
--Characteristics and production methods for red and white wines and port
--Details of grape vine growth
--Details about the barrel fermentation process
--Information specific to Messina Hof wine production

Major Families II --Grains and Legumes
-- Details of Poaceae floral anatomy (spikelets, glumes, lemmas, paleas, etc.)
--Identity of major grass crops--scientific name, part used, and area of origin for corn, wheat, oats, sugar cane, rice, sorghum.  Don't worry about rye or barley
--Definition of a pseudo-cereal and identity/scientific name/origin of the ones we saw in class (Amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat)
--Details of the legume fruit structure
--Characteristics of the three legume families--Fabaceae (strict sense), Caesalpiniaceae, and Mimosaceae
--Identity,  scientific name, part used, and area of origin of the legume crops studied in lab (all those with prop cards)
--Genus-level identification of Texas state flower, Kudzu, and forage legumes presented in lab

Lick Creek Park Field Trip
--Identity, scientific name, and uses of major canopy, understory, vine, and herbaceous species as listed on the lab web page
--Characteristics of major families seen at the park (Asteraceae, legumes, Poaceae, etc.)
--Original vegetation, changes in vegetation, influences on current vegetation patterns at the park
--Basic information on hydrology of park--where are the uplands, what does the sedge meadow do, how does vegetation change with available moisture and nearness to the creek?
--How what we saw relates to other plants you have studied this year

Wood, Paper, and Cushing Library Herbals  (refer to lab web pages)
--Plant cell structure as it relates to papermaking
--Steps in the papermaking process
--Information relating to recycled paper, acid-free-paper, watermarks, rag content, etc.
--Other sources of paper besides trees
--Differences in stem/wood structure among gymnosperms, monocots, and dicots
--Differences between cross, radial, and tangential sections of wood
--Hardwoods vs. softwoods and whether those designations are meaningful
--Structure and uses of charcoal, plywood, veneer
--Common name identity and uses of other fiber plants--sissal, flax, jute, hemp, etc.
--Uses and methods of production of herbals.

--Components and qualities of dye and mordant mixtures
--Steps in the dyeing process
--Properties of various types of dyes
--Plants used to make dyes–indigo, madder, turmeric, etc.
--How natural dyes differ from synthetic dyes
--How to dye  fibers with the solar dyeing method

Ethnobotany at the Greenhouse
--Identity, scientific name, and uses of plants seen, as given on the lab web page
--General do's and don'ts of herbal medicine
--How what we saw relates to other crops you have studied this year

last updated 1/12/2011  MDR