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Plant & Environmental Sciences
On this page you will find several openly licensed Plant & Environmental Science textbooks along with supplemental material, interactive simulations, and other resources. This includes: Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences; Horticulture; and Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Discipline-specific pages are not intended to be exhaustive, but to showcase content that may be of interest to faculty considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes.
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Open Soil Science
The goal of Open Soil Science is to provide instructors with the resources they need to effectively teach the world about soils and soil science. The soil science resources made available on this website are open access, and in some cases, open-source. All materials are licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License unless stated otherwise.
Soils Laboratory Manual
Produced by Kansas State University. The Soils Laboratory Manual is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses, and highlights the many aspects of soil science, including: soil genesis and classification, soil physical properties, soil-water interaction, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. The lab manual includes 15 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports. License: CC BY NC SA 4.0
Course materials: Lecture Videos, Interactive Simulations etc.
Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources
Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group is to enhance soil science education through cooperation and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Educational tools and courses address the following 4 topics:
1. Basic soil science principles
2. Soil classification
3. Land-use impacts on soil quality, and
4. Raising awareness about soil as an important natural resource.