The course aims to provide basic concepts to understand strategies developed by plants to interact and respond to the surrounding environment, being it either biotic or abiotic, and how this interaction can influence plant development. The study will develop at various levels, including the molecular, biochemical and developmental ones, and will also discuss the adaptations of plants to environments characterized by the presence of stressful conditions (biotic or abiotic). Part of the course will deal with the interactions between plants and humans.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will be familiar with the major communication strategies used by plants to interact with other organisms, and discuss the defense mechanisms activated under stress conditions.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The course will address the mechanisms of interaction and development between: - Plants and bacteria, including nitrogen-fixing ones. Nodule development. - Plants and fungi, pathogens and symbionts. Mycorrhizae and development of arbuscules in the root. - Plants and insects - Plants and abiotic stress - Plants and humans. Developmental modifications due to interactions with humans. The program also includes class sessions for the preparation, discussion and evaluation of a mini-research project. Each student will prepare a personal project related to a favorite topic, discussed during the course.
Prerequisites for admission
Good knowledge of basic plant biology and physiology, genetics
Method: traditional. Lectures will be given using slides and videos.
Lecture notes Slides and videos from the lessons (available in Ariel) Scientific papers and reviews on specific topics (available in Ariel)
Assessment methods and Criteria
The knowledge of the students related to the topics discussed during the course will be assessed, as well as the ability to understand specialized scientific texts.
Students will be asked to develop two 15/20-minute presentations about two topics of choice discussed during the course. Discussions will take place during two thematic workshops. The material required to prepare the presentations will include the teaching material provided during the lessons (PPT slides, videos, papers), as well as additional material collected and discussed with the teacher (additional papers to further cover the topic of choice).