The Atlas of Plant Anatomy provides pictures demonstrating plant morphology and development. The site hosts micrograph pictures from slides of monocots, dicots, pteridophytes and gymnosperms. The site covers the general anatomy of plant cells and tissues including roots, stems, leaves, apical meristems, secondary growth, seeds and reproductive structures. This site provides idealized slides demonstrating general plant anatomy for the higher vascular plants. The site is great for use in general botany and plant anatomy classrooms. If you appreciate the artistic side of science, this site offers some beautiful pictures of plant tissues.
Type of Material:
The information is presented as a compilation of images with accompanying descriptions for botany and plant anatomy courses.
The best use of this material would be as a supplement to what is being taught in the lab or lecture. There would also be possibilities for homework assignments as well.
This site requires a browser to view HTML/Text and jpg images.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
As this site is clearly intended as a place to look at plant tissues and histology, there are no stated learning goals or objectives.
Target Student Population:
Although the target population is undergraduate college students, it would be possible for high school students to benefit as well with proper instructor guidance.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There are no prerequisites for this site, although some general knowledge of plant biology and anatomical terminology would be beneficial.
Quality images in which the cells and tissues are well presented
Descriptions of images are well written
The figures are clearly and accurately labeled
Many of the images are artistic in nature
The presentation of the material is a little plain; it may be difficult to keep a student’s attention, if they are expecting more of a multimedia experience
Terminology is not defined
A few images are out of focus
Images within the general sections are not well organized
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The information is accurate and the images are well labeled
The collection is extensive especially for stem and meristem anatomy
The site shows idealized slides of general plant anatomy
Covers the major plant groups
The information is divided into general sections such as seeds, cells and tissues, roots, stems, leaves, apical meristems, secondary growth and reproductive structures
Quality images make locating the cells and tissues easy
No learning objectives are provided
The images are not well organized within the sections; for example pinus is grouped with the monocots and dicots without distiction
A couple of cell or tissue labels would increase the ability of students to use the images without instructor guidance
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is easy to navigate between major sections
Both the thumbnail and large images load quickly
Materials are well organized into major sections
No defective links or major bugs were found
No current issues regarding ease of use
Other Issues and Comments:
Maybe there will be other plant groups added in the future?
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