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RLEM 303
Agrostology
3 Cr. (1-6)
Fall 2010

 OBJECTIVES:

         The course is designed to help students learn about current and past systems of grass classification, familiarize students with grassland geography, learn the variation and interpretation of grass spikelet structure, and to become proficient in using diagnostic keys for grass identification and verification of identifications using descriptions or specimens.  In summary, Learn To Identify Grasses.

INSTRUCTOR:

Dr. Stephan L. Hatch
Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management
Off campus - University Services Building, Room 131 B
On campus - Animal Industries Annex, Room 101
Telephone:  845-4328
Email: s-hatch@tamu.edu

TEXTS: Gould, F.W. and R.B. Shaw. 1983.  Grass Systematics   2nd ed. Texas A&M University Press. 379 p.
Hatch, S.L., 2010.  Gould's Grasses of Texas.  Available at "Copy Corner," 2307 Suite B Texas Avenue South, College Station.
Hatch, S.L., 2010.  Laboratory notes.  Available at "Copy Corner". 

 PREREQUISITES:

          BOTN 101 - Sophomore classification

COLLECTION SUPPLIES:

  1. Plant press
  2. Collection notebook (fieldbook)
  3. Dissecting needles
  4. Single edge razor blade
  5. Forceps (needlenose or watchmaker)
  6. One 6 in (15 cm) ruler
  7. 10X handlens