BIOL2470 - Botany
The student is introduced to plant tissues as well as to an overview of the plants. All aspects of the evolutionary tree of photosynthesizers is represented; from cyanobacteria to monocot and dicot angiosperms. Emphasis is then placed on a thorough study of roots, stems, and leaves of woody and non-woody plants. Plant physiology, nutrition, and transport are considered. Transpiration and its effect on the plant is stressed. Transport of organic substances in translocation and pressure flow are reviewed. Plant reproduction from micro spores to eggs, pollination, and fertilization in both gymnosperms and angiosperms is studied. Methods of asexual reproduction are included. Plant hormones are discussed. Processes such as tropisms, photoperiodism, vernalization, senescence, and dormancy are followed. Taxonomy of the major of the major phyla is studied. The course concludes with the application of plant study to horticulture, floriculture, and forestry. Principles of scientific inquiry are integrated throughout the course.
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