• Learning outcomes:

    By the end of this course, the student should be able to (i) Explain the physiological concepts and principles of plant functions in relation to growth and development, and (ii) The biochemical basis of metabolic control.

    Please visit the BOTA 21013 too for details.


    Course contents:

    Chemical basis of life. pH scale and buffers. Water relations: Water potential concept, cell and plant water relations. Stomatal physiology. Photosynthesis: photochemistry and electron transport, photophosphorylation, carbon reduction cycle, C3, C4 and CAM pathways, photorespiration, phloem transport. Mineral nutrition: essential nutrients, deficiencies, plant disorders, characteristics and mechanisms of solute absorption and transport, mineral stresses. Growth and development: germination and growth characteristics, phytohormones and growth inhibitors, photoperiodism, vernalization, plant movements, seed and bud dormancy. Enzyme kinetics, enzyme regulation, ribozymes. ATP synthesis. Protein synthesis: the biochemical aspects of genetic code, transcription, translation, protein targeting and sorting. Vitamins and coenzymes.

  • Learning outcomes:

    By the completion of this course, the student should be able to (i) Explain the principles of the scientific method and its application, (ii) Demonstrate essential understanding and basic skills needed in studying plant functions and enzyme action, a series of generic and disciplinary skills listed in the Lab Manual BOTA 21022 and (iii) Skills in writing a scientific report.

    Please visit the BOTA 21022 too for details.

    Course contents:

    Using the scientific method in laboratory experiments. Determination of water potential and solute potential, Measurement of transpiration, Stomatal movement. Separation of photosynthetic pigments, The Hill reaction. Acid accumulation of CAM plants. Differentiation between C3 and C4 plants by detection of starch. Studies on membrane permeability. Mineral deficiency symptoms in plants. Hormonal action. Seed viability and germination tests. Description of data using statistics. Enzyme action and kinetics.

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