Episode 16: Plant Blindness

In 2001 Dr. James Wandersee and Elisabeth Schussler coined the phrase “plant blindness” to describe the observation that people are largely unaware of the plants in their surroundings.

What is plant blindness?

What are its consequences?

What can be done about it?

Let’s find out.

Show Notes

How do you interpret plants in your programs?

Share what you do! Leave a voice message about how you interpret plants in your programs. A collection of responses will be shared next week. Share Here

Literature Cited:

O’Donnell, Liam. (2007). Understanding Photosynthesis with Max Axiom, Super Scientist. Capstone Press, First edition. (Note: There is now a 4D version of this book.)

Uno, Gordon E. (2009). Botanical literacy: What and how should students learn about plants? American Journal of Botany, Vol. 96 (10): 1753-1759. https://doi.org/10.3732/ajb.0900025

Wandersee, James H., and Elisabeth Schussler. (2001). Toward a Theory of Plant Blindness. Plant Science Bulletin, 47 (1): 2-9. Retrieved from https://www.botany.org/bsa/psb/2001/psb47-1.html#Toward%20a%20Theory%20of%20Plant


Applying lessons from the U.S. botanical capacity assessment project. (View)

The Botany Bill (H.R. 1572) - A hearing on this bill in the House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Theme Music:

Jahzzar, So Far So Close, Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike License

Tania Marien