HORT 401 - Medicinal and Value-Added Uses of Plants

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Chemical, biochemical and ethnobotanical perspective on the medicinal and value-added uses of plants.

This is a 3-credit hour course offered at the 400 level, and is designed to provide a broad perspective on the development of agriculture and more recent value-added uses of plants. More than just conventional lecturing, this interdisciplinary course is supplemented with lively discussions, scientific paper readings, invited speakers, and peer research presentations. This course is designed to demonstrate the alternative uses of plants in our society, with active student participation in the learning process. In addition, the course will present an introduction to agricultural sustainability. Finally, through invited presentations given by visiting professors and company scientists the student will get a perspective on the range of cutting-edge research on medicinal and value added-uses of plants, as well as on methodology, techniques and politics related to the course. Course materials will be available on Canvas.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will achieve:

1. An interdisciplinary overview of the value-added uses of plants.
2. An understanding of unique biochemical processes in plants.
3. The ability to integrate related knowledge from different disciplines.


HORT 100 (Horticultural Science) or BZ 120 (Principles of Plant Biology) or LIFE 103 (Biology of Organisms - Animals and Plants).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Plants in Our World: Economic Botany, 4th Ed. (2014)
    Simpson, Beryl & Ogorzaly, Molly
    ISBN: 978-0073524245


Jorge Vivanco

(970) 491-7170 | j.vivanco@colostate.edu

Dr. Jorge Vivanco received his B.S. degree in agronomy in 1994 from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru. He later attended Pennsylvania State University where in 1999 he received his Ph.D. in plant pathology. Dr. Vivanco completed postdoctoral work at Rutgers University from 1999-2000. Later in 2000, he accepted a position at Colorado State University where he has risen to the rank of full professor.

Dr. Vivanco has taught courses in the areas of medicinal and value-added uses of plants, root and rhizosphere biology, and molecular approaches to current plant biology research.

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