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PLNT3002 - Plant Growth and Development
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment - 6 credit points
HECS Band two
Domestic Fee: $3,420
International Fee: $3,570
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Agriculture Plant & Food Sciences
Offered session(s): 2
Prerequisites: 12 credit points of intermediate PLNT, BIOL, AGCH or CROP units of study including at least one of PLNT2001, PLNT2901, PLNT2003, PLNT2903, BIOL2016, BIOL2916, BIOL2003, BIOL2903, BIOL2006, BIOL2906, CROP2001, AGCH2002
Prohibitions: PLNT3902, BIOL3021, BIOL3931
Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Jan Marc (Executive Officer), Prof Robyn Overall, Prof David Guest, Dr Penny Smith, A/Prof Robyn McConchie, Dr Brian Jones

Classes: 2 lec per wk, one 4 hr practical on alternate weeks (6 weeks only), one 3 hr presentation of research project in week 13.

Assessment: 1x 2 hr exam (60%), project presentation and report (20%), laboratory quizzes, report and book (20%).

Textbooks: Taiz L, Zeiger E (2010) Plant Physiology 5th ed. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts Recommended reading: Atwell B, Kriedemann P, Turnbull C (1999) Plants in Action. Macmillan, South Yarra. Buchanan BB, Gruissem W, Jones RL (2000) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, ASPP, Rockville, Maryland. A Study Guide for the unit will be available for purchase from the Copy Centre during the first week of semester.
This unit explores the mechanisms underlying plant growth and development from seed to maturity. It covers the process of building the plant body from embryogenesis, development and operation of meristems, polarity, patterning, controls of flowering and fruit development to programmed cell death and senescence. It includes the role of signals such as plant hormones in coordinating plant growth and development and the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying plant responses to environmental signals such as gravity and light. There is a focus on recent plant molecular biology that has been critical in enhancing our current understanding of plant growth and development. The unit uses examples from crop, horticultural and native plants as well as the model plant Arabidopsis. Lectures are augmented by experimental work, including and independent research project. The laboratory work will include plant tissue culture, protoplast production and modern cell biological techniques used to study plant development. This unit of study complements other senior units of study in the Plant Science Major and is essential for those seeking a career in plant molecular biology.
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