Understanding Plants - Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

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About this course: This class is aimed at people interested in understanding the basic science of plant biology. In this four lecture series, we'll first learn about the structure-function of plants and of plant cells. Then we'll try to understand how plants grow and develop, making such complex structures as flowers. Once we know how plants grow and develop, we'll then delve into understanding photosynthesis - how plants take carbon dioxide from the air and water from soil, and turn this into oxygen for us to breathe and sugars for us to eat. In the last lecture we'll learn about the fascinating, important and controversial science behind genetic engineering in agriculture. If you have…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: This class is aimed at people interested in understanding the basic science of plant biology. In this four lecture series, we'll first learn about the structure-function of plants and of plant cells. Then we'll try to understand how plants grow and develop, making such complex structures as flowers. Once we know how plants grow and develop, we'll then delve into understanding photosynthesis - how plants take carbon dioxide from the air and water from soil, and turn this into oxygen for us to breathe and sugars for us to eat. In the last lecture we'll learn about the fascinating, important and controversial science behind genetic engineering in agriculture. If you haven't taken it already, you may also be interested in my other course - What A Plant Knows, which examines how plants see, smell, hear and feel their environment: https://www.coursera.org/learn/plantknows.

Who is this class for: This course is primarily aimed at beginning biology students, at graduates of "What a Plant Knows" who want a deeper understanding of plant biology, and at individuals who like science.

Created by:  Tel Aviv University
  • Taught by:  Professor Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D., Dean, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences

    Director, Manna Center for Plant Biosciences
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Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges.

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WEEK 1


Course Introduction and Plant Cell Structure



10 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Course Promo
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Suggested Reading - Week 1
  3. Video: 1.1 All plants are made of cells
  4. Video: 1.2 Different types of microscopy are used to study cells
  5. Video: 1.3 Characteristics of plant cells
  6. Video: 1.4 Plastids
  7. Video: 1.5 The origin of chloroplasts
  8. Video: 1.6 The cell wall
  9. Video: 1.7 The vacuole and plasmodesmata
  10. Video: 1.8 Vascular tissue - xylem
  11. Video: 1.9 Vascular tissue – phloem

Graded: Lecture 1 Quiz

WEEK 2


Whole-Plant Structure



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  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Suggested Reading - Week 2
  2. Video: 2.1 Plant organs
  3. Video: 2.2 Apical meristems
  4. Video: 2.3 Root structure and development
  5. Video: 2.4 Shoot apical meristem and development
  6. Video: 2.5 Flower development
  7. Video: 2.6 Development is regulated by gene expression

Graded: Lecture 2 Quiz

WEEK 3


Photosynthesis



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  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Suggested Reading - Week 3
  2. Video: 3.1 Chloroplast structure
  3. Video: 3.2 Chemical currency: ATP and NADPH
  4. Video: 3.3 Light and Photosynthesis
  5. Video: 3.4 The light-dependent reactions and electron transfer
  6. Video: 3.5 The Light-dependent Reactions and ATP
  7. Video: 3.6 Phototsynthesis 2: The dark reactions and sugar synthesis
  8. Video: 3.7 Discussion with Prof. Nir Ohad: The Carbon Cycle
  9. Video: 3.8 Inside a photosynthesis lab

Graded: Lecture 3 Quiz

WEEK 4


Plant genetic engineering



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  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Suggested Reading - Week 4
  2. Video: 4.1 Introduction
  3. Video: 4.2 Cultivated foods and genetic changes
  4. Video: 4.3 Conventional breeding and genetic engineering methods
  5. Video: 4.4 Recombinant DNA technology
  6. Video: 4.5 Transgenic plants - proof of concept
  7. Video: 4.6 Case study: Genetic engineering in combating viruses in agriculture
  8. Video: 4.7 Examples of genetic engineering: Nutritional benefits
  9. Video: 4.8 Potential of genetic engineering: I Insect resistant plants
  10. Video: 4.9 Concerns about the use of genetic engineering in agriculture

Graded: Lecture 4 Quiz
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