Maicors Viewpoint Question Answers

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Questions on “The Furbish Lousewort- Weed, Weapon, or Wonder” 1. Macior’s viewpoint is a biocentric viewpoint. He views this plant as valuable due to its life history. Through his studies in his Plant Geography course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he first learned of the endemic distribution of Pedicularis Furbishae, or in other words, the fact that it’s species is confined to a small, particular area. In 1977, after discovering that Pedicularis Furbishae was on the endangered status, Macior began working in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Fish and Wildlife services to conduct field and laboratory research with a focus on preserving Pedicularis Furbishae. Their findings are what compelled Macior to find value in the plant even though it had no economic value. He concluded that Pedicularis Furbishae was one of many key “Jigsaw pieces” in the floral diversification and pollination in North America. Also Maicor goes on to describe with much fascination about the very specific pollination of the plant. He describes how Pedicularis Furbishae has a very selective way of picking what organisms can pollinate it based on its structure. Macior explains his viewpoint well in his statement, “The Greatest legacy we can leave for future generations is the knowledge of what preceded them. The dimension of time added to an organism endows it with value beyond its immediate economic use” (326). Therefore the fact that this species had such a rich history supersedes the fact that it had no economic value to humans. 2. As explained in the previous question, Maicor believed that the Furbish Lousewort was good for its information. He admired its history and it’s niche within other species of plants life histories within North America. He also goes into great detail explain how selective and precise its pollination

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