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   1 BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE, PILANI INSTRUCTION DIVISION FIRST SEMESTER 2013-14 (Course Handout Part II) Dated: 02/08/2013 In addition to part I (general handout for all courses appended to the timetable) this portion gives further specific details regarding the course. Course No : BIO F312 Course Title : Plant Physiology Instructor-In charge : SANDHYA MEHROTRA Instructor : Jitendra Panwar 1. Course Description: Basic functional processes in plants; Plant tissue system, Plant-water relations, Gaseous exchange, Stomatal regulations, Mineral nutrition and absorption, Transport of material, Growth and development, Hormones and PGRs, Photoperiodism, Vernalization, Plant defense mechanisms, Stress Physiology and related lab components. 2. Scope & Objective: This course attempts to make the students aware of the major features of physiology of plants. Emphasis will be given to function and adaptations as related to the survival of plants in their natural environment. Text Book: Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E., Plant Physiology, 3 rd  Ed., Panima Publishing Corporation, Indian Reprint, 2003 Reference books: Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E., Plant Physiology, 5 th  Ed., 2010, Sinauer Associate Inc., Sunderland, USA Web Topics:  http://5e.plantphys.net/index.php  Course plan: Lect. No. Learning objective Topic Ref. to Chapter Part A  Plant Physiology  1 Getting introduced to the subject and course Orientation to the course, Introduction to Plant Physiology -- 2-4 Overview of Plant Structure Plant Tissue System TB-1, RB-1 5-7 Learning water and its interaction with plant body Structure and properties of water, Diffusion, Osmosis and Water TB-3, RB-3   2potential 8-10 How plants obtain water from the soil? Water balance in plants: root absorption and transport through xylem TB-4, RB-4 11-13 The transpiration / photosynthesis paradox Transpiration and its compromise with photosynthesis, Stomatal regulations TB-4, RB-4 14-15 Mineral requirements for plant growth Mineral Nutrition: Essential elements and their function TB-5, RB-5 16-17 How are nutrients absorbed and distributed in tissues Mineral Nutrition: Absorption of minerals, Mycorrhizal fungi TB-5, RB-5 18-19 How are nutrients absorbed and distributed in tissues Transport of solutes and ions, Membrane transport processes TB-6, RB-6 20-22 How are metabolic end products distributed in plants? Transport of material in phloem TB-10, RB-10 23-25 How do plants grow? Growth and development TB-16, RB-16 26-28 What controls plant growth? Hormones and Growth regulators: Auxins and Gibberellins TB-19, 20 RB-19, 20 29-31 What controls plant growth? Cytokinins, Abscisic acid TB-21, 23 RB-21, 23 32-35 How plants control the timing of flowering? Phytochrome, Photoperiodism and Vernalization TB-17, 24 RB-17, 25 36-38 How plants defend themselves against adverse biotic factors? Secondary metabolites and Plant Defense Mechanisms TB-13, RB-13 39-41 How plants defend themselves against adverse abiotic factors? Stress physiology: Water, Heat, Chilling & Salinity stress TB-25, RB-13 Evaluation scheme: Component Duration Weightage % Date & Time Remarks Mid Semester Test 1 hr 30 Min. 25 1/10 4:00 - 5:30 PM Close book type Quizzes 20 Close book type Assignment 10 Comprehensive 3 Hrs. 45 10/12 AN Partly close book partly open book type Chamber consultation hour : To be announced in the class.   3 Notices:  All notices will be displayed on the notice board of Department of Biological Sciences. Make-up policy: Make-up decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and only genuine cases as determined by the team and validated by Wardens and/or Medical Officer will be considered. No make-ups for Quizzes. Instructor-in-charge BIO F312  
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