Plants in Action is a core unit for BSc students interested in specializing in plant science. The unit explores the interaction of plants with the environment at the organism, organ, tissue and cellular levels. We examine the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, mineral uptake and translocation, and adaptations that enable plants to occupy diverse environments. We also examine the processes controlling plant development (germination, reproductive phase change, dormancy and senescence). The practical component is a combination of experimental work and observation of plant structure, and includes a 2-day excursion to examine plant adaptations in different vegetation types on the East Coast of Tasmania.
Theoretical topics include:
- Plant Physiology from molecular to environmental
o Nutrients - essential elements and toxicity
o Biological nitrogen fixation
o Plant water relations
o Membranes and molecules
o Photosynthesis - the basic process underpinning plant existence. CO2 assimilation, RUBISCO and the Calvin cycle
o Photosynthesis - Chloroplast structure, pigments and light harvesting and distribution, PSII and PSI distribution
o Respiration and the Krebs cycle
- Plant Development and the environment
o Seed dormancy & germination
o Seedling growth
o Growth in response to the environment
o Phase change - vegetative & reproductive
o Dormancy & Senescence
Practical skills include:
- Microscopy skills, specimen preparation, observational skills, drawing skills
- Experimental design, interpretation of data, analysis, scientific communication skills (report writing)
- Field identification skills
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|Faculty/School||Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Biological Sciences
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- International students
- Domestic students
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.
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- KPA161 and KPZ164
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
2 lectures and 3 hrs practical weekly (13 wks)
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