Plant Development and Physiology

Course code BIOL3330Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The course theme is the production of plant biomass for maintenance of ecosystems and commercial gain. It explores the coordinated development of vegetative plant organs responsible for capture of nutrients from the environment and their allocation within the plant. Adaptive responses to environmental challenges and the opportunities for genetic manipulation are investigated. The course provides an opportunity to hone skills in developing a logical argument, analysis and interpretation of experimental data, and verbal and written communication.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. an understanding of the basic processes of plant development, function and reproduction and their regulation at a molecular and cellular level;
2. an appreciation of the adaptive responses of plants to endogenous and environmental signals;
3. competence in critical analysis and interpretation of experimental data and scientific literature;
4. experience in planning and undertaking scientific experiments;
5. an ability to develop a logical argument;
6. competence in verbal and written communication of scientific results;and
7. organisational skills and an ability to work in a team.
ContentVegetative Plant Development
Developing surfaces for nutrient capture
- Maintaining meristems
- Primordia, cell fate specification and regulation
- Organ development
Nutrient capture and allocation -- Leaves-aerial magicians
- Whole leaf photosynthesis
- Exporting nutrients
- Endogenous regulation by metabolic signals
- Adaptive responses
Nutrient capture and allocation -- Roots - underground miners
- Root architecture and nutrient capture
- Ion transporters, channels and aquaporins
- Adaptive responses

Development for Reproduction
Floral transition
- Environmental cues, sensors and endogenous signals
- Early events at the shoot apex
Embryogenesis - the next generation
- Seed development - investing in the future
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBIOL1001, BIOL1002
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for BIOL3330