AGRO 107: Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems

Fall 2017: Aug. 21 - Dec. 15, 2017
An example of an Invasive Species plant with violet/red clover.
Instructor: Robert Vavala, M.S.

Class No.: AGRO 107

Credits: Three undergraduate credits, Fulfills ACE 9 requirement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This course is offered for academic credit only.

Certified Crop Advisors may earn five CEUs (Continuing Education Units) after taking this class. The credits may be earned in the following areas: two Crop Management, one Pest Management, one Soil & Water and one Nutrient Management.

Registration

Academic Credit via MyRed

Description

Invasive plants can be found nearly everywhere on Earth. The flora of our planet is constantly being redistributed by either natural or human forces. The change in locations of plant species has affected, and continues to affect, ecosystems around the world. In this course, students will learn how invasive plants are able to establish in regions outside of their native range. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of invasive plants at the global scale and learn how species, which are fairly benign in one ecosystem, can have significant negative impacts in others. The focus will be on how and why invasive plants become established and their impacts on ecosystems. This course meets ACE Student Learning Objective #9 (Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue).

Delivery

Internet/Canvas

Requirements

High-speed Internet access, email, Microsoft products, Adobe Acrobat Reader. Recommended browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

Textbooks

None. All materials are online.

Requirements

High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and the ability to view video files.

Prerequisites

Admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tuition

For information on tuition and fees, visit the Student Accounts website.

Who it's for
  • Advanced high school students 
  • UNL undergraduate students seeking the ACE 9 requirement 
  • Science and ag teachers 
  • Extension Educators/Agents and Specialists 
  • Agronomists and crop consultants (This course offers four Continuing Education Units - CEUs - for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA): two in Pest Management and two in Crop Management.) 
  • Agribusiness professionals engaged in marketing, sales or training 
  • Government officials and community leaders 
  • Anyone interested in plant or weed science