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Plant & Soil Science: Pollinators & Perennials

PSS 096 WQ1 (CRN: 14813)

1 Credit Hour

About PSS 096 WQ1

Courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing department offerings.


Winter Session Online Course: 12/26/17-1/12/18; Open to both CDE and degree students; This course may or may not fulfill requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements.

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Section Description

Note: This course is only during Winter Session. This course will be of use to anyone interested in learning more on one of the recent important topics in agriculture and horticulture worldwide, vital for the future of food production. Students, home gardeners, agricultural producers and retailers, and those just interested in observing nature will benefit from this course, no matter what region of the country you live in or visit. It will serve also as a complement, either before or after, to the UVM classroom-based 4-credit fall course on Landscape Design for Pollinators. >>>After this course you should have a much clearer, better, and more detailed appreciation of: • why it is important to focus on and help pollinators, • the main pollinators and how they function, and • a diverse palette of perennial flowers for pollinators, for various regions and habitats, and their details and plant-pollinator interactions. >>>This completely online course is based on the four main sections of the text (inexpensive paperback), reflected in the course objectives, with a test on each. Tests are open book, untimed, done online, and will be comprised of several question formats. Tests are designed to reinforce student’s familiarity with the material, to synthesize various topics, and to problem solve. >>>The final exercise will pull together all the material covered, with the focus on native perennial flowering plants and their pollinators. Using the additional references and websites, the student will develop a short list of five pollinator perennials for a specific ecoregion of their choice, plants not listed in the text, and to host a range of pollinators through the season. Plant profiles, similar to those shown in the text, will be developed for each of these perennials. Grading will be based on diversity of plants for several pollinators, appropriateness of plants to the region, and both accuracy and completeness of plant profile details. >>>Email contact between professor and students is used as needed, particularly on exercise questions, and to share information. The syllabus on Blackboard, AND the tips, will serve as your contract for the course and should be read thoroughly. Students are expected to follow the UVM Code of Academic Integrity (

Section Expectation

1. Learn basic types of pollinators, with particular emphasis on various native bees, their anatomy and behavior… 2. Learn basics of the pollination process including flower types, morphology, attractants, and pollinator-plant interactions… 3. Become aware of aspects of pollinator threats and conservation in various types of landscapes including urban, natural, and agricultural… 4. Gain familiarity with and learn how to search a palette of native perennial plants for various (32) ecoregions of the country, and for three main ecological habitats, as well as the general pollinators of each and specific bees associated with specific perennials.


(600 points total): Tests (400 points total, 100 points each, 4 tests) Exercise (200 points total: 100 points each for plant selection, plant details)




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