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300606 UE Plant growth and metabolism (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: German



Preparatory meeting 1.10.2019, 13:00 Uhr ÜR 6 (UZAI)
November /Dezember UER5 (Plant Physiology) Nov 18, 20, 25, 27; Dec 2, 4; 9:00 - 16:00


Aims, contents and method of the course

This laboratory course introduces into basic aspects of growth, development and mineral nutrition of higher plants and photosynthesis. Plants are grown either with a full strength nutrient solution containing all the necessary macro- and micro-elements, or in cultures that are deficient in one essential nutrient (potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, nitrogen, phosphorus). After a 6 week growth period, some biometric data, as well as levels of mineral ions and of some selected low molecular weight organic constituents (sugars, organic acids, etc.) in leaves, stems and roots are determined. Photosynthetical parameters will be measured

Assessment and permitted materials

Intenseness of cooperation during the laboratory course, as well as compilation of a short protocol in which the experimental results are summarized and interpreted.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The students get insights into the basic role of certain mineral nutrients as well as into some mechanisms, wich are responsible for regulating growth, development and mineral status of higher plants. Additionally, the students learn about the role of ions and low molecular weight compounds as important osmotica.

Examination topics

Reading list

Epstein Emanuel & Arnold J. Bloom (2005): Mineral Nutrition of Plants: Principles and Perspectives, 2nd ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, Sunderland, Massachusetts, 400pp.

Marschner Horst (1995): Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants, 2nd ed. Academic Press Inc., San Diego Limited, 889 pp.

Kinzel Helmut (1982): Pflanzenökologie und Mineralstoffwechsel. Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, 534 pp.

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