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PLANT PHYSIOLOGY


Lesson code: 
BO.03.13
Teaching Units: 
4
Credits (ECTS): 
7
Teachning (hours): 
3
Practical (hours): 
0
Laboratory (hours): 
3

 

After this course the students will:

·        Know the basic functions (mechanisms) of plant organisms with emphasis on plant specific functions.

·        Know the interaction of these mechanisms.

·        Know the responses of plants to environmental factors.

·        Be able to search  and retrieve bibliographical information.

·        Be able to analyse and present data collected from laboratories practicals.

 

Teaching Methods: 

Student-oriented, participative, interactive and experiential approach. Lectures, small group exercises, guidance implementation, guided and independent scientific work, practical laboratory exercises, report preparation, writing and presentation (oral and written).

Course Contents: 

 

Theory

·        Photosynthesis: light reactions,

·        Photosynthetic carbon reduction cycles (C3, C2).

·        CO2-concentrating mechanisms.

·        Water relations and water transport.

·        Μineral Nutrition.

·        Plant growth and development: plant hormones, light control of plant development, flowring mechanisms.

·        Fruit ripening and senescence.

 

Laboratory Exercises: 

 

·         Bibliographic databases and bibliographic search and retrival programs (i.e. SCI/WoS, Ιχνηλάτης, OPACs, SwetsWise).

·        Creation of personal bibliographic databases (RefWorks).

·        Search and retrieval of scientific works (HEAL-Link, Science Direct, Springer Link).

·        Search and retrieval of Electronic Books (NetLibrary, Science Direct, Springer Link).

·        Reading and understanding of information retrieved from scientific papers.

·        Evaluation and synthesis of information for problem solving design and problem solving: α) Quantitation of chlorophyll concentration β) Use of fast phase chlorophyll fluorescence induction kinetics in studying stress responses in photosynthetic tissues.

·        Methods of extracting plant substances and guantitation of them using ascorbic acid as a case study.

·        Plant development using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system. Retrieval and analysis of scientific data.

·        Use of Arabidopsis thaliana plants and their mutants in studying the effects of environmental factors on photosynthesis.

·        Report submission of student’s thesis to the problem given.

Recommended books: 

  Irene Ridge 2005. Plant Physiology. Ion Press. Athens.

·        Τsekos ΙΒ 2004. Plant Physiology. Kiriakidis Bros Publishers. Thessaloniki.

·        Galatis Β., Ganotakis D, Gani-Spiropoulou K, Karabourniotis G., Kotzabasis K., Konstantinidou E.-I., Manetas I., Roubelaki-Aggelaki K.A. 2003. Plant Physiology. From Molecule to Environment. Kriti University Press. Kriti.

·        Karataglis S. 1994. Plant Physiology. Art of Text. Thessaloniki.

·        Lanaras T. 2000. Selected topics in Plant Physiology. Aristotle University Press. Thessaloniki.

·        Moustakas M. 2004. Plant physiology notes. Aristotle University Press. Thessaloniki.

 
Recommended reading: 

Given in Blackboard

Learning Activities: 

Attending lectures, participate in laboratory practicals, e-teaching (Blackboard), report preparation and presentation (oral and written).

Assessment Methods: 

Continuous assessment, based on participation and skills acquisition, in the work given by the lecturer. Constructive criticism of the work of others students. Laboratory assessment of student’s complex ability to prepare, present and defend his practical work accurately, in the given time, in front of the teacher and students. Each student will be assessed for his ability to: · Know the basic functions (mechanisms) of plant organisms with emphasis on plant specific functions. · Know the interaction of these mechanisms. · Know the responses of plants to environmental factors. · Be able to search and retrieve bibliographical information. · Be able to analyse and present data collected from laboratories practicals.

Blackboard / Website: 

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