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Plant Function BIOR76

15 credits

Plants give us the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, wood and fibers for our houses and clothes, medicines, renewable energy and a pleasant and beautiful environment. For the future a big challenge is expected, i.e. especially through crop production to supply the world's population with food and energy. The special niche of plants is to combine water and nutrients from the soil with light and gases from the air, this takes place as the plants go through their life cycle, grow and develop. To survive, they have intricate regulation systems for growth, development, transport and metabolism. All this is controlled by hormones, genes and proteins so that the plant can function as an individual. From the genomes we can also get molecular data to see how the plants evolve.

Moss in woods. Photo.

In this course you can acquire

  • a deep knowledge and understanding of how plants function at different levels of organization, from molecular biology to ecophysiological level, including: the structure and properties of cells, the life processes and their regulation, genome structure, function and evolution, and plant development and reproduction systems.
  • knowledge of practical applications of plant biology, e.g. production physiology, plant breeding and biotechnology
  • knowledge of methodology used in plant biological work especially description and analysis of mutants
  • how to find information in plant-specific databases

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, experimental and computer-based projects, discussions and study visit. Participation in all parts except lectures is mandatory. The course ends with a written examination, that is graded Pass (60-79%) or Pass with distinction (80-100%).

Autumn period 2

Full-time, on campus, in English


You will find information about application, prerequisites and the syllabus at Lund University's central web pages.

Course literature, 2024

Plant Physiology and Development (2023) 7'th ed, Taiz et al. Sinauer. ISBN: 9780197614204

6th edition is also acceptable.


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You will find the latest evaluation on our web page with course evaluations.


Lotta Persmark, Study advisor, biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (Lotta[dot]Persmark[at]biol[dot]lu[dot]se)