Education system ‘neglecting the importance of plants’

Source: ScienceDaily

People are becoming ‘disconnected from the botanical world’ at a time when plants could help solve global environmental problems, warn a group of research scientists. They say the problem has been exacerbated by schools and universities reducing their teaching of basic plant science, including plant identification and ecology. They describe a self-accelerating cycle which risks ‘…the extinction of botanical education,’ where biology is taught predominantly by people with research interests in animal science.