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.
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.
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.
A basic course of Plant Biology/Botany
Method: traditional. Lectures will be given using slides and videos. It is recommended to follow the lectures.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
All material will be available in Ariel.