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Plant Biology 2 (HORT10016)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeHORT10016
Semester 2
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This subject aims to extend students’ knowledge of plant biology in both practical and theoretical areas. Students will use core knowledge obtained in Plant Biology I as a base to further their understanding of plant function. Additional areas of study in plant growth and development include respiration, nutrition, senescence, breeding systems, genetics, herbicide action, tissue culture and eco-physiology. Students will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of plant processes and be able to apply this knowledge to horticultural situations. Practical classes will provide a balance between lecture consolidation, experimental design and horticultural applications of biological plant growth principles

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand how the processes of photosynthesis and respiration result in energy acquisition and growth for plants;
  • comprehend the importance of plant nutrients to growth;
  • have an awareness of the importance of genes and gene expression in plants;
  • understand the physiological mechanisms behind herbicide action;
  • appreciate the effects of a changing climate on plant growth;
  • understand the physiological basis of plant responses to diseases, decay and senescence;
  • perform experiments testing various plant processes such as enzyme action, photosynthesis, plant nutrition, response to herbicides, effects of plants hormones and tissue culture;
  • search the professional literature and develop good report writing skills based on the collation of scientific information; and
  • become confident in the field of horticultural science.

Last updated: 3 April 2019