Having diverged from animals prior to the evolution of multicellularity, plants also provide us with a unique opportunity to discover how environmental adaptability and productivity features are enabled at the molecular level. This unit of study explores the molecular mechanisms that give rise to plant form and function, focussing on higher plants. By examining current literature, students will advance their knowledge of how plants grow, develop and adapt, in the context of the molecular mechanisms that plants use to drive, form, function and responses to the environment. There is a focus on how this knowledge is being used to improve plant performance and better manage ecosystems. The new tools available to biologists are giving us an unprecedented capacity to understand the fundamentals of life. The skills developed in this unit will enable you to play a role in designing better ways to manage plants and ecosystems.
Lectures 2hrs/week for 13 weeks, Practicals 1 x 3hr practical/week for 13 weeks
Laboratory eNotebook - (Week 5 x 5% + Week 13 x 5%, total = 10%), Research paper (2500 words, 20%), Oral presentation (20%), Final Exam (50%)
Schumann GL and Darcy CJ. 2010. Essential Plant Pathology (2nd ed.). APS Press, St Paul, Minn., USA.
6cp of BIOL2X23 or BIOL2X30 or BIOL2X31 or BCMB2X0X or GEGE2X01 or MBLG2X72 or GENE2002