Plant Function (AGEN2001)


In AGEN2001 - Plant Function, students will investigate the structure of cells, tissues and organs of plants and relate them to associated molecular processes critical in plant biology. The unit begins with a detailed description of plant cell structures and tissues and progresses to the biochemical pathways important in physiological processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, nutrient uptake and production of secondary metabolites. Basic anatomical, morphological and biochemical responses of plants to abiotic stresses such as drought, fire and salinity and longer-term adaptations to environmental change will also be addressed. Laboratory exercises demonstrating plant anatomical features and biochemical processes and techniques are well integrated with lecture material. Attention will be given to important agricultural and horticultural plants as well as Australian native plant species. Plant Function gives students a strong grounding in plant anatomy and molecular processes, building upon concepts introduced in junior-level chemistry and plant biology.

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2x1-hr lectures, 1x 3-hr practical per week


1x 1hr mid-semester exam (20%), 1x 2hr final exam (40%), 1000w essay (10%), Five practical reports (30%)


Taiz L, Zeiger E (2010) Plant Physiology 5th ed.

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

BIOL1001, CHEM1001, CHEM1002 or Units of Study with equivalent content

Assumed knowledge: Junior level Biology and Chemistry

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