Plant development

A.Y. 2018/2019
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/01
Language
English
Learning objectives
The mechanisms that regulate plant development will be illustrated, from embryogenesis to the formation of vegetative and reproductive organs. They will be discussed in the context of plant evolution.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Course syllabus
PROGRAM
Introduction: plant development, differences between plants and animals, morphogens and positional information. Genetic and molecular tools necessary to study plant development. Model systems. Evolutionary innovations of land plants.
Embryo development.
Evolution, development and maintenance of the shoot apical meristem.
Evolution and development of leaves: positioning of new vegetative organs, determining leaf shape and polarity.
The floral transition. Environmental cues controlling flowering, the photoperiod. The evolution of plant responses to environmental cues.
Development of roots and of the root apical meristem. Evolutionary origins of roots.
Flower and floral organ development. Evolution of the flower from ancestral forms and theories concerning the molecular mechanisms involved. Seeds and germination.
Artificial manipulation of developmental processes during domestication and domestication genes.

REFERENCE MATERIAL
Lecture notes
Slides and videos from the lessons (available in Ariel)
Scientific papers and reviews on specific topics (available in Ariel)

PREREQUISITES AND EXAMINATION PROCEDURES
A good basic knowledge of plant biology and genetics is required.
Exam: written with open questions on the topics discussed during the lectures. Students that regularly attend the lessons will have the opportunity to split the exam into a midterm and final examination.

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES
A basic course of Plant Biology/Botany

TEACHING METHODS
Method: traditional. Lectures will be given using slides and videos. It is recommended to follow the lectures.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
English

PROGRAM INFORMATION
All material will be available in Ariel.

WEB PAGES
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https://users.unimi.it/fornaralab/home.html
BIO/01 - GENERAL BOTANY - University credits: 6
Lectures: 48 hours