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The MLA citation style for this page would be: Koning, Ross E. "Home Page for Ross Koning". Plant Physiology Website. 1994. http://koning.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/default.html (your visit date ).

Plants and Human Affairs (Bio 207)

My course for non-biology majors deals with the practical, economic, and horticultural side of botany. This course in basic science is designed to fulfill one of the general education requirements, and is taught in regular, summer, and winter intersession formats. Its Syllabus and Schedule of Topics are available as offered in the three-week Winter 1999, the six-week Summer 1996, and the fourteen-week Fall 1997   formats. From any of these links the complete set of lecture notes, lab exercises, and so on can be accessed.

Biology of Plants (Bio 332)

This course is an introduction to botany and stresses anatomy, morphology, natural history, and evolution among organisms called plants. It is the more traditional botany course for biology majors and provides a strong background for good performance on the Graduate Record Exam in Biology. Unfortunately this course is not a prerequisite for plant physiology. Its syllabus and its Schedule are available as offered in Spring 1999. Topical notes, chapter annotations, lab exercises, sample exams, and so on are available through links on the Schedule page.

I am also providing interesting (but copyrighted) current articles about botany in an electronic Reading Room, but you need to have a password to gain access. This is to protect the property of the copyright holders and yet to provide reading material for my students under the fair-use provisions of copyright law. I am sorry that I cannot provide access to anyone other than students in my courses.

Here's a neat poem on Botany that I ran across.

Plant Physiology (Bio 342)

Where I teach, this is an introductory course designed to expose students to basic plant function. It is taught on an irregular schedule approximately every-other-year. It was last taught in Fall 1996 and its many pages are linked through the Course Schedule. Pages include: lecture notes, book chapter notations, lab exercises, former-semester and current-semester exams, and a private grade book page for each student (accessible only via double password).

Recent Publication

Catherine Santaniello (an independent study student) and I have published the results of her project on allelopathy in The American Biology Teacher.

Steven Lamoureux (an independent study student) and I presented the results of his project on allelopathy at the ßßß District 1 Regional Meeting. The poster won the John C. Johnson Prize (first place).

I have submitted a book review of Marine Botany for publication in the Plant Science Bulletin 6/98.

Greenhouse and Arboretum Facilities

In this place I hope to have links to a virtual tour of greenhouse and arboretum facilities that I use in my research and teaching. I have put some references on particulates here regarding safety of exposure to greenhouse soil constituents.

Tutorials and Explanations

I have received so many requests for information on the effects of music on plant growth, that I ended up writing a short piece on the subject. The short answer is that plants exhibit no musical taste and any student project on this subject is likely doomed to failure.

I have a Cell Diagram under construction for your examination. This is a clickable map and so you will soon be able to click on any organelle and get to some explanation. For now, the larger organelles have been defined. The less obvious cell structures will be implemented as I get time.

There are other brief explanations on Fruit Expansion and Ripening, Seed Germination, Natural and Artificial Propagation, and Apical Dominance available.

For biology majors at my university, I have some general academic advice for a range of questions involving declaring your major, finding and changing your advisor, pre-registration, registration, add/drop, and other academic questions.

I have some notes and observations on being a Student and Teacher which are not necessarily original, but reflect some of my current thinking about what I am doing and what I hope my students are doing.

HTML Development Help

If you are trying to write your own HTML pages, I have put together a demonstration of HTML tags that does NOT require you to "view source" to get help.


Yes, even a scientist can be a religious person who can rely upon faith and prayer for guidance in seeking answers to questions. The questions that are unanswerable through the scientific method which is based upon rigorously observable evidence can only be resolved by belief. Questions such as: Why do I exist? How should I conduct my life? What moral stand is right? can only be approached through religious faith. This could take a variety of forms depending upon the attitudes of the faithful person; there are many religions in the world, including atheism. As for me, Christian faith is my conscious choice. Some of my personal observations are accessed from my Religious Thoughts Directory Page. If Christian ideas are offensive to you, you do not need to click on this link!

Other Links

ASPP SealThe American Society of Plant Physiologists has written a list of 12 Principles of Plant Science that all high school graduates should bring to the workplace or to the university. The ASPP is also assessing the various "educational standards" proposed nationally and in various states to identify gaps between the proposed standards and ASPP's set of 12 principles. It is hoped that, through its vigilance, the ASPP can raise the expectations about the quality and quantity of plant science education being delivered nationwide. The Connecticut Academy of Science has produced a list of expectations for parents of CT students K-12.

Botanists should not miss this amazing collection of links to botanical sites world-wide.

If you are looking for US contacts, here are some useful links:

US White Pages
US Yellow Pages
Email Addresses

If you are looking for US Weather Information:

State Maps and Forecasts
NWS Graphic Map
The Weather Channel
My personal favorite:
USA Today Weather

Bug Reports

Please send comments and bug reports to:

Ross Koning koning@ecsu.ctstateu.edu


I can be reached in the following addresses:

Personal contact:
Ross Koning
141 Oak Street
Willimantic, CT USA 06226
Phone: 860-423-9724
Professional contact:
Ross Koning, Biology Department
ECSU, Willimantic, CT USA 06226
Phone: 860-465-5327. Fax: 860-465-4479.
E-mail: koning@ecsu.ctstateu.edu