Health & Life Sciences, Agriculture, Botany, Paleontology

Open Courseware and Resources

- Agriculture: the production of food, feed, fiber and other goods by the systematic growing/harvesting of plants, animals and other life forms. (Wikipedia)
- Botany: scientific study of plant life. As a branch of biology, it is also called plant science(s), phytology, or plant biology. (Wikipedia)
- Horticulture: horticulturists work and conduct research in the fields of plant propagation and cultivation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic engineering, plant biochemistry, and plant physiology. (Wikipedia)
- Paleontology: the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils. This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, fossilised faeces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. (Wikipedia)


  Life Sciences - Open Courseware (OCW) 

The following links have been chosen by iBerry as good examples of OCW for this topic. Only significant content such as notes, images, videos etc covering topics in reasonable depth are included. Items consisting only of course advertisements, sub-topic headings, single lectures or where a significant proportion of material is password protected are not included. Comments are welcome!

Genetic Engineering and Society

examines the historical and scientific study of genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture, and law including examination of social, ethical, and legal issues raised by new technology

Life in the Palaeozoic

Cambrian explosion using evidence from fossils, creatures living in the Ordovician seas including the extinct trilobites, invasion of land by plants and invertebrates in the Silurian Period, life in Silurian seas, Devonian Period when vertebrates first moved onto land, outline of vertebrate evolution

Gene manipulation in plants

development of genetically modified organisms, gene transfer, potential benefits and uncertainties associated with gene transfer and high levels of technical ingenuity involved, development of Golden Rice, why usefulness of this product has proved contentious

Agricultural Science and Policy

natural resource conservation for ensuring healthy agricultural food and environmental systems, focuses on soils, water, air and energy, delves into plant nutrients, plant-pest interaction, crop breeding and livestock production: readings, Supplementary Material

Life, Concepts and Issues

Life Sciences, exploring and understanding important issues in the field: chemistry of life, genetics, physiology, evolution, ecology

Agricultural Research Service Image Gallery

Events, News, Magazine, Search for images, Animals, Crops, Education, Field research, Fruits & veggies, Illustrations, Insects, Lab research, Plants, Careers

Darwin's Legacy

important scholars from across the US explore Darwin’s legacy in anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature and biology

Life Sciences

notes (biomes of North America, plant taxonomy), suprageneric nomenclature, floristic treatments, Lewis & Clark, historical essays, botanical images (The Slide Collection, Array of Botanical Images, Wildflowers of the Caucasus, Georgia)

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