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300337 SE Trends in plant genome evolution: Polyploidy (2021W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 10 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

VB: 05.10.2021 12:00 ONLINE (link will be sent to all registered students)
Te seminar will be blocked in the second part of the semester (from 23.11 on) in a few meetings (4-5) agreed upon during the first meeting. First regular meeting(23.11) will be a lecture/talk summarizing basic facts about polyploidy to provide background for the papers that students will select and present. During this first meeting students will also be given a selection of papers to present. Papers' presentations will take place during next 3-4 meetings.

Tuesday 05.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 11:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 11:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 11:00 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course offers the students the possibility to get acquainted with modern literature and recent views on types, rate and mechanisms of polyploid formation as well as genome restructuring accompanying and following polyploidisation. The published materials that will be discussed during this course will focus mostly on incidence and mechanisms leading to polyploidisation as well as on important processes operating on the level of gene, chromosome and genome in different time points after polyploidisation. The course shall help the students to understand and appreciate different aspects of genome evolution and their role in plant evolution by providing in depth modern view of polyploidy with emphasis on plants.
- focus on polyploidy in plants, but other groups of organisms can also be discussed if of interest
- to learn and understand the processes leading to polyploid formation and establishment.
- to discuss the evolution of polyploid genomes, with special emphasis on the repetitive DNA, and chromosomal rearrangements
- to understand the role and importance of polyploids in plant diversification and speciation
- to get acquainted with the use of state-of-the-art next generation sequencing to analyze the polyploid genomes and to compare their evolution with diploid progenitors

Assessment and permitted materials

oral paper presentations during the course (70%): two or three papers to present per student depending on the number of participants; active discussions during presentations (10%) and written protocol - overview and opinion paper (20%); Min 50% for positive grade

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Min 50% for positive grade

Examination topics

presentations and discussions

Reading list

The introductory lecture will be available on moodle. Additionally, a wide selection of recent and relevant published research articles and reviews (provided at the beginning of the course) will be provided for students to choose from.

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Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:23