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The Torch

The Great Courses Podcast

THE TORCH introduces you to the fascinating professors and experts who create the Great Courses. Each episode showcases several of our top professors in a fresh light, spotlights the great work they are doing, and gives you an opportunity to learn from their incredible insights.

Learn the Secrets of the Plants All Around You

Learn the Secrets of the Plants All Around You

Episode 63
May, 2017

Stepping outside, we can't help but notice the natural world all around us. Discover how to do more than just notice it. Join Dr. Catherine Kleier, a Professor of Biology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, to dive into the fascinating world of plants and learn how to see the world as a botanist does. Natural selection has allowed plants to adapt to the widest possible range of environments all around the globe. These adaptations have led to plant adaptations so surprising that they almost seem to have sprung directly from science fiction. Dr. Kleier discusses the ramifications of our changing environment—how we effect the ways plants grow, and in turn, how their new growth patterns affect us. Learn to speak the language of the plants around you, transforming every trip outside into an adventure.

In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Catherine Kleier, a Professor of Biology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, discover the ways to identify common plants, present the evolution of flowers and plants, and address common questions and misnomers about topics such as GMOs, the effects of the disappearance of bees, and common belief that singing or talking to plants helps them grow.

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