Photobiology and bioenergetics

A.Y. 2016/2017
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
To provide the students the principles of the light dependent biological mechanisms
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Brief introduction about light and its electromagnetic nature.
Outline of physical mechanisms underlying the absorption of light.
Light signal transduction.
Plant photoreceptors, cryptochrome and phototropins.
Stomatal biology and mechanisms involved in the light mediated regulation of their aperture.
Phototropisms.
Shade avoidance
Plant photomorphogenesis: the role of light and its interaction with photoreceptors in plant development.
Circadian rhythm, photoperiodism and chloroplast to nucleus communication.
Photosynthesis, photorespiration and adaptation of the CO2 fixation mechanisms.
Series of seminars aimed at presenting how others non-plant organisms perceive and interact with natural light.


Teaching materials
Taiz, Zeiger, Moller, Murphy. Plant Physiology and Development.


Specific requests and examination modalities
Basic knowledge of organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology of animals and plants.


Exam modality
Written. Open questions and multiple choices or oral.


Recommended Prerequisites
None


Teaching methods
Course attendance is highly recommended. Traditional classes, supported by powerpoint slides.


Language
Italian


Program information
Powerpoint slides and original papers will be available of the dedicated Ariel website.


WEB page
ariel.unimi.it
BIO/04 - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours