Plant Physiology and Metabolism

By Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Choudhury   |   St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
Learners enrolled: 651
The course focuses on the fundamentals of plant physiology for undergraduate students. It consists of 40 modules divided into nine major units. This course will acquaint students with the basic concept of plant water relation and mineral nutrition. This course will help them to understand the different physiological processes of translocation, photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogen metabolism. Within respiration they will learn different basic metabolic processes. They will also learn about structure, function, nomenclature, assay of different enzymes and plant growth regulators specially hormones. They will have an idea of differential plant response to light and temperature.
Thus by studying these 40 modules, a student should be able to understand and appreciate the major concept of plant physiology including the different catabolic and anabolic processes, mineral nutrition, enzymes, plant growth regulation, photoperiodism and vernalization.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 06 Jul 2022
End Date : 03 Sep 2022
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1:
1. Introduction to Plant Physiology and Metabolism
2. Importance of water
3. Transpiration
4. Root pressure and Guttation
5. Macrolements

Week 2:
6. Microelements
7. Transport across membrane
8. Phloem translocation
9. Composition of phloem sap
10. Introduction to Photosynthesis

Week 3:
11. Photochemistry and accessory pigments
12. Concept of photosystems and cyclic photophosphorylation
13. Non-cyclic photophosphorylation
14. Electron transport and ATP production
15. Details of C3 pathway

Week 4:
16. C1, C2 ,C4 pathway and CAM
17. Anaerobic Respiration
18. Glycolysis and its significance
19. TCA cycle and Electron Transport system
20. Pentose Phosphate pathway  and Glyoxalate pathway

Week 5:
21. Alternative respiratory pathways
22. Classification, Biological significance and assay of enzyme
23. Structure and Properties of enzymes
24. Different mechanism of enzyme catalysis and purification
25. Different mechanism of enzyme inhibition and kinetics

Week 6:
26. Allosteric Enzymes: Principle and Mechanism
27. Biological nitrogen fixation
28. Molecular mechanism of Nitrogen fixation and genes
29. Nitrate and ammonia assimilation
30. Role of Microbes in N,P,K utilization

Week 7:
31. Auxin
32. Gibberellin
33. Cytokinin
34. Abscisic acid
35. Ethylene

Week 8:
36. Practical applications of phytohormones
37. Photoperiodism
38. Phytochromes
39. Photomorphogenesis and its application
40. Vernalization

Books and references

1. Plant Physiology by by Lincoln Taiz, Eduardo Zeiger.
2. Plant Physiology by by S. Mukherjee Ashim Kumar Ghosh 
3. Lehninger and Cox: Biochemistry
4. Grisham, Charles M.; Reginald H. Garrett (1999). Biochemistry. Philadelphia: Saunders College Pub. pp. 426–7. ISBN 0-03-022318-0.
5. Jain, Jain and Jain: Fundamentals of Biochemistry: S Chand Publication.
6. Plant Physiology and metabolism by Anil Kumar Thakur and Sushell. K. Bassi

Instructor bio

Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Choudhury

St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
Dr. Sudeshna Shyam Chowdhury completed M. Sc.  in Biochemistry from University of Calcutta and Ph.D from the division of Plant Science, Bose Institute (registered from Jadavpur University). She has 12 years of teaching experience and presently is the Head of the Department, P.G.and research Department of Microbiology. Her research interest includes the development of tea clones on the basis of biochemical parameters and quality validation of Darjeeling grown tea clones under natural UV exposure. 
Publication: She has published several papers (almost 25)in peer reviewed journals.
Book publication:  has also contributed chapters in Practical Manual of Microbiology. She has authored a book, “Fundamentals of Biochemistry” by Book Syndicate Pvt. Ltd.
Research Projects: She is the investigator and co-investigator of two major and minor research projects sponsored by WBDST, NTRF, Tea Board and UGC (minor).
Ph.D Guide: she is presently guiding 4 students for their Ph.D degree.

Course certificate

30% for in Course Assessment & 70% of end-term Proctored Exam.

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