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Plant Biology

PBIO 3110 - Crop Physiology F (3-3) [0.50]
Physiological and biochemical principles related to production by crop canopies. Carbon fixation, leaf area, light interception, assimilate distribution, water relations and nutrient utilization are used to develop solutions to problems of crop yield and quality. Growth and development in response to cultural innovations including the use of growth regulators are also considered. Department of Plant Agriculture.

PBIO 3750 - Plant Tissue Culture F (2-3) [0.50]
An examination and discussion of the principles, protocols and utilization of plant cell tissue culture systems. In vitro propagation and regeneration, mutagenesis and selection, secondary metabolite elicitation and cell transformation techniques including protoplast fusion, direct DNA uptake and plant bacterial co-cultivation will be emphasized. Department of Plant Agriculture.

PBIO 4000 - Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant-Microbe Interactions F (3-0) [0.50]
Examination of molecular and cellular aspects of the interaction between plants and microorganisms such as mycorrhizae, pathogenic fungi, Agrobacterium, pathogenic bacteria, and plant viruses. Topics include microbial virulence, signaling, gene expression, and disease resistance in plants. Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and School of Environmental Sciences.

PBIO 4100 - Soil Plant Relationships W (3-0) [0.50]
Root growth as affected by soil properties; soil plant water relations; soil aeration; absorption, translocation and function of nutrients in plants; ion transport to roots; rhizosphere effects; application of concepts to crop production. School of Environmental Sciences.

PBIO 4150 - Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant Development W (3-0) [0.50]
An examination of the molecular and cellular processes that underlie cellular differentiation and organ formation in plants. The roles of homeotic genes, gene regulation, cell polarity, morphogens and environmental effects in development will be discussed. Subjects will be introduced by a lecture and examined in detail in discussions of pertinent research papers. Department of Plant Agriculture. (Offered in even-numbered years.)


PBIO 4530 - Environmental Pollution Stresses on Plants W (3-0) [0.50]
This course analyzes the environmental pollution effects on physiological and ecological processes of plants, in both managed and unmanaged ecosystems. Pollutants under study include contaminants of air (such as ozone, sulphur dioxide and UV-B radiation) and soil (such as metals and organic xenobiotics). The format includes both lecture and presentation/discussion of current and historical peer-reviewed literature. School of Environmental Sciences.

PBIO 4750 - Genetic Engineering of Plants W (3-3) [0.50]
An examination and discussion of the principles, protocols and applications of molecular biology and transformation technology to the genetic improvements of plants. Department of Plant Agriculture.