- SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY
- UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
- POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Cognitive: Acquaintance of students with practical applications of terrestrial and aquatic plant organisms in matters regarding administration of propagating material, biologically active plant components (essential oils) and the biomass of micro- and macroalgae.
Affective: Movement from the theory to the reality of application.
Skills: Use of biological material and application of biological functions in order to achieve a practical result.
Teaching includes lectures, laboratory work, field exercises and presentations of student homework.
Managing of sexual and asexual propagating plant material. Plant breeding and the cultivated varieties. Monocultures, green revolution, gene banks. Plant budding and grafting: techniques and methodology. The economic value of plant compounds. Plant proteins. Biologically active compounds of plant secondary metabolism. Green chemicals. Plants with alkaloids. Aromatic plants. Essential oils: isolation, composition, infraspecific variation. Greek aromatic plants. The commercial groups of aromatic plants: Oregano. Mint, Sage, Mountain tea, Thyme. Applications of algal biomass in animal and human nutrition. Origin, physico-chemical properties and uses of phycocolloids in food, pharmacy and cosmetic industries. Cultivation of commercial algae. Impacts of harmful algae to humans and the natural environment.
Tests for the determination of the germinating ability of seeds. Grafting of hardwood and herbaceous plant species.
Isolation of essential oils. Collection and presentation of commercial and scientific information for biologically active plant compounds.
Algal cultures. Identification of harmful algae.
Institute of Cereals at Thessaloniki: cereal breeding. Gene Bank, Thessaloniki: acquaintance with the methods of seed collecting and preserving.
NAGREF: Institute of Balkan flora study at Thessaloniki. Cultivated aromatic and medicinal plants.
Field visit to a commercial microalgal production unit (Spirulina) in Therme, Nigrita
E.P. Eleftheriou, 2006. Technology of plant propagating material. University Studio Press, Thessaloniki.
Attending lectures, practising technical or laboratory skills, organization and presentation of lectures.
Written examination, reports on laboratory work and fieldwork
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