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BIOL2010 "Biology of Plants"

Semester: Winter

Course description: An overview of the diversity and biology of organisms traditionally included in the Plant Kingdom: algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and flowering plants. These groups will be presented in a “tree of life” evolutionary perspective. Emphasis throughout the course is on the relationship between structural and functional adaptations in plants and how these have influenced their survival and evolution in various ecosystems. Symbioses and co-evolutionary relationships among different kinds of plants, and with other groups of organisms, are also considered. Last but not least, the importance of plants to humans will be discussed.

Text book: Stern's Introductory Plant Biology. Authors: Bidlack and Jansky