Basic knowledge in plant physiology, plant developmental biology and biochemistry
After completing the study unit the student knows biochemical pathways, regulatory mechanisms, and biology of the cell that are specific to plants and not covered in detail in general biochemistry and cell biology.
The student knows and understands the central role of chloroplasts and chloroplastic processes in plant cells, and understands the role and significance of these in basic and applied aspects in plants, i.e., in evolution, natural environments and in agriculture.
Period I, preferably first year of MSc studies
The course covers mostly plant organellar functions which are not covered deeply in general biochemistry, plant specific processes in biochemistry and cell biology, and the different ways how these are regulated.
Exam 50%, independent assignment 50%. 12 alternative exam questions will be given at the beginning of the course, final exam questions (2) are selected from these.
Lectures 32 h, group work and assignment 40 h, independent studies 60 h.
Obligatory material/reading: Buchanan, B. et al. Biochemistry and molecular biology of plants 2nd ed. 2015. e-book https://helka.finna.fi/Record/helka.3006618 , Parts I, III and IV
Assessment practices and criteria: Grading scale 0–5. Exam 100%. Two written essays are required to be submitted, but are not part of the grade.
Dr. Michael Wrzaczek
Replaces 52511 (KBIOT200) Plant biochemistry and cell biology, 3 cr.