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Plant of the day. Statement of Purpose. IV. The mission of Campbell University, as a community of Christian scholars, is to A. Provide students with a Christian worldview. Is there a Christian view of botany?. Caretakers of the garden

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  1. Plant of the day

  2. Statement of Purpose • IV. The mission of Campbell University, as a community of Christian scholars, is to A. Provide students with a Christian worldview

  3. Is there a Christian view of botany? • Caretakers of the garden • Should we consider how our lifestyles impact the natural plant communities around us? • Does Christianity influence our use of plants? • Plant-derived chemicals

  4. Christianity and botany • Spiritual symbolism of plants • Identification with Christ – John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing

  5. Christianity and botany • Spiritual symbolism of plants • Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

  6. Why is knowledge of plants important? • We are dependent on plants

  7. Plants are producers

  8. Genesis 1: 29-30 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beast of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

  9. Plants as a food source

  10. Photosynthesis and sugars

  11. Plants & the carbon cycle

  12. Cacao - chocolate

  13. Photosynthesis and oxygen

  14. Plants & the nitrogen cycle

  15. Legumes & rhizobium

  16. Beverages

  17. Wines

  18. Cork

  19. Wormwood - absinthe

  20. Spices

  21. Plants & health • Natural compounds • Lycopene • Yohimbine • Medicines • taxol

  22. Wood products

  23. Landscaping

  24. Paper

  25. Plants and sports

  26. Musical instruments

  27. Textiles

  28. Plants & transportation

  29. Plants as fuel

  30. Coal

  31. Recreational Drugs

  32. Plants & emotions

  33. Personal care products

  34. Plant-related inventions

  35. Velcro – George de Mestral 1907-1990

  36. History of plant use & study • Stone Age (prior to 15,000 BC.) • Plants as a source of • Fuel • Food • Medicines

  37. The Dawn of Agriculture

  38. Plant domestication • 15,000 – 10,000 BC.

  39. Selection in the Brassica family

  40. Teosinte – ancestor of corn

  41. Plant Science in the Ancient World • Egypt (1500 B.C.) – documented herbal uses • Greece (400-300 B.C.) • Physicians/botanists • Theophrastus – “Father of Botany” • History of Plants • Causes of Plants

  42. Age of Herbals (1500-1700 A.D.) • Otto Brunfels - 1541