BS248-12 Plant Molecular Development
This module provides a broad introduction to the molecular genetic analysis of plant development and leads to a discussion of potential implications for food security and a more sustainable agriculture.
This new, single term module will be introduced in order to offer an additional term 1 option for GSD students.
This module corresponds to part A of the LF217 module (Multicellular System). This in effect reinstates the discontinued BS248 module.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
1-2. The Plant Cell I and II (LF)
Establishment of the embryonic body plan (IC)
Meristems and their maintenance (IC)
5-6. Plant hormones. Auxin and its role in shaping plant growth (IC)
Light responses and photomorphogenesis (IC)
Photoreceptors and downstream signalling pathways (IC)
The life cycle of higher plants. Plant gametes and fertilization (JFG-M)
Seed development. Role of maternal tissue (JFG-M)
Control of germination and seedling establishment (JFG-M)
Sensing and responding to the environment in roots (MLG)
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation (MLG)
How plants cope with a stressful and changing environment (MLG)
Plants under attack: defense against pathogens (MLG)
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Students will learn about key aspects of plant development, and how this is affected by environmental signals such as light, temperature, drought, nitrogen availability or pathogen attacks. They will gain an understanding of potential strategies to generate more resilient and more productive crops.
Indicative reading list
"Plant Biology". Smith et al. (2009) Garland Science. ISBN 978-0-8153-4025-6
Taiz and Zeiger, Plant Physiology, 5th edn. (Sinauer Associates, 2010)
Subject specific skills
Outline the key differences between plant and animal development
Explain the mechanisms underlying pattern formation and tissue differentiation during development
Discuss the roles of different plant hormones and their mechanisms of action.
Describe how plants alter their development in response to environmental signals and explain the underlying mechanisms.
Self directed learning, group learning, adult learning, technology enhanced learning, quantitative skills.
|Lectures||15 sessions of 1 hour (12%)|
|Private study||105 hours (88%)|
Private study description
Self directed learning and revision for end of year exam
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group B1
Feedback on assessment
Model answers will be provided via Moodle.
This module is Optional for:
- Year 2 of UIPA-C1L8 Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development