Undergraduate Course: Molecular Strategies for Survival: Time, Light and Stress (PLSC10025)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will examine how sessile plants that cannot escape hostile conditions cope with their ever-changing environment.
This course is broadly divided in three interconnected topics: First, we will scrutinize the molecular mechanisms of the clock gene circuit in plants, and evidence for its physiological importance in controlling plant signalling, growth, and seasonal reproduction - hence also harvest schedules. Second, we will examine the relevance of light signalling to plant development and survival, the molecular and cellular mechanisms of light perception, environmental signal integration and the application of knowledge to crop development. Finally, we will investigate how environmental stress cues are sensed, lead to dramatic reprogramming of the cellular transcriptome, and are fine-tuned to ultimately produce an appropriate response that provides resistance or tolerance to the stress encountered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- On completion of this course, the student will be able to critically read background literature in a variety of plant science research areas;
- generate evidence-based new hypotheses supported by background literature
- design theoretical experiments, demonstrate an understanding of their execution, and interpret their outcomes.
- effectively use visual aids to present and summarize the findings of research articles that represent major advances in the plant sciences.
- proficiently debate, defend or debunk published theory and complex experimental data sets.
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|Course organiser||Dr Steven Spoel
Tel: (0131 6)51 3314
|Course secretary||Ms Karen Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3404