Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
402023062015PLANT PHYSIOLOGYCompulsory364
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to learn the metabolic physiology of plants. It includes relations of water and plant cells, water balance of plants, mineral nutrition, solute transport, photosynthetic light and carbon reactions, translocation in the phloem, respiration and lipid metabolism, assimilation of mineral nutrients
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. İsmail TÜRKAN, Prof.Dr.Filiz ÖZDEMİR, Melike BOR
Learning Outcomes
1To learn the main concepts of plant physiology.
2To examine detailed characteristics of plant cells, relations of water and plant cells, water balance, mineral nutrition ans solute transport.
3To teach the most important plant metabolism process; photosynthesis: light reactions carbon reactions and it’s physiological and ecological considerations.
4To teach translocation in the phloem, respiration and lipid metabolism, assimilation of mineral nutrients, secondary metabolites and plant defense, cell walls structure.
5To learn respiration and lipid metabolisms in detail.
6To follow current scientific publications on plant physiology.
7Being able to share information about plant physiology by oral and written language.
8To understand the relations between experimental logic, analytical thinking, quantitative analysis and problem solving.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Plant Cells, Water and Plant Cells, Water Balance, Mineral Nutrition, Solute transport, Photosynthesis: The Light Reactions, Photosynthesis: Carbon Reactions, Photosynthesis: Physiological and Ecological Considerations, Translocation in the Phloem, Respiration and Lipid Metabolism, Assimilation of Mineral Nutrients, Secondary Metabolites and Plant Defense, Cell Walls,: Structure, Biogenesis and Expansion.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Plant Cells: Overview of Plant Structure, The Plant Cell, The Cytoskeleton, Cell Cycle Regulation, Plasmodesmata
2Water and Plant cells: Water in Plant Life, The Structure and Properties of Water, Water Transport Processes Water Balance of Plants: Water Absorption by Roots, Water Transport through the Xylem, Water Movement from Leaf to the Atmosphere
3Mineral Nutrition: Essential Nutrients, Deficiencies and Plant Disorders, Treating Nutritional Deficiencies, Soil, Roots and Microbes
4Solute Transport: Passive and Active Transport, Transport of Ions Across A Membrane Barrier, Membrane Transport Processes, Membrane Transport Proteins, Ion Transport in Roots
5Photosynthesis: The Light Reactions: Photosynthesis in Higher Plants, Organization of the Photosynthetic Apparatus, Organization of Light Absorbing Antenna Systems, Mechanisms of Electron Transport, Proton Transport and ATP Synthesis in the Chloroplast, Repair and Regulation of the Photosynthetic Machinery, Genetics, Assembly and Evolution of Photosynthetic Systems
6Photosynthesis: Carbon Reactions: The Calvin Cycle, Regulation of the Calvin Cycle, The C2 Oxidative Photosynthetic Carbon Cycle, CO2 Concentrating Mechanisms I: Algal and Cyanobacterial Pumps, The C4 Carbon Cycle, Crassulacean Acid Metabolism, Synthesis of Starch and Sucrose
7Presentations
8Midterm
9Photosynthesis: Physiological and Ecological Considerations: Light, Leaves and Photosynthesis, Photosynthetic Responses to Light by the Intact Leaf, Photosynthetic Responses to Carbon Dioxide, Photosynthetic Responses to Temperature.
10Translocation in the Phloem: Pathways of Translocation, Patterns of Translocation: Source to Sink, Materials Translocated in the Phloem: Sucrose, Amino Acids,Hormones, and Some Inorganic Ions, Rates of Movement, The Mechanism of Translocation in the Phloem: The Pressure- Flow Model, Phloem Loading, Phloem Unloading, Photosynthate Allocation and Partitioning
11Respiraiton and Lipid Metabolism: Glycolysis: A Cytosolic and Plastidic Process, The Citric Acid Cycle: A mitochondrial Matrix Process, Electron Transport and ATP Synthesis at the Inner Mitochondrial Membrane, Respiration in Intact Plants and Tissues, Lipid Metabolism
12Assimilation of Mineral Nutrients: Nitrate Assimilation, Ammonium Assimilation, Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Sulfur Assimilation, Phosphate Assimilation, Cation Assimilation, Oxygen Assimilation, The Energetics of Nutrient Assimilation
13Secondary Metabolites and Plant Defense: Cutin, Waxes, Suberin, Secondary Metabolites, Terpenes, Phenolic Compounds, Nitrogen Containing Compounds, Plant Defense Against Pathogens
14Cell Walls: Structure, Bogenesis and Expansion
15Presentations
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Taiz L., Zeiger E. ''Plant Physiology'', (eds: Turkan, İ) 2008 Smith A.M., Coupland G., Dolan L., Harberd N., Jones J., Martin C., Sablowski R., Amey A. ''Plant Biology'', First Edition, Garland Science, Taylor&Francis Group, LLC, New York, 2010
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation111
Seminar111
Self Study9218
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11111
Individual Study for Final Examination11111
Reading13226
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)112
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