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300627 SE Plant Genome Evolution: Repetitive DNA (2020S)

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: 05.03.2020 at 12:15 in ÜR2
19.03.2020: lecture (by course leader)
Other four meetings will be dedicated to students presentations of selected papers

Thursday 05.03. 12:15 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 19.03. 12:15 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 26.03. 12:15 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 02.04. 12:15 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 23.04. 12:15 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 30.04. 12:15 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course offers the students the possibility to get acquainted with modern literature and recent views on repetitive DNA (tandemly repeated and dispersed including mobile genetic elements) which constitute large fractions of plant genomes. The selected papers will focus on types of repetitive DNA abundance, variation, hypotheses on their origin, factors stimulating their activity in the genome, mechanisms which enable their successful amplification, existence, and evolution in the genome. Furthermore, their impact on genome restructuring on all levels of organization and evolution will be discussed as well as their role in the genome (selfish junk DNA vs. useful collaborator). Students will be able to understand and appreciate different aspects of evolution and role of repetitive DNA in shaping plant genomes, especially in the forthcoming era of genomics. Special emphasis will be on application of next generation sequencing to analyze repetitive DNA pf complex plant genomes, both diploid and polyploid.

Assessment and permitted materials

Individual presentation of published papers 70% (10.5 pts)
Active participation in discussions 10% (1.5 pts)
Written report (summary of papers and discussion) 20% (3 pts)
The deadline for written report is 30.05.2020

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements for positive credit: 8 points (15 points total)
Credit Key:
0-7.5 pts: 5
8-9.5 pts: 4
10-11,5 pts: 3
12-13,5: 2
14-15 pts: 1

Examination topics

seminar; reading and understanding of scientific papers; papers' presentation, discussion and critical evaluation of all scientific papers presented

Reading list

In addition to papers chosen for the presentation students can also read general/review material:
1. Volff J.-N. (ed.) 2005. Retrotransposable elements and genome evolution. Karger, Basel.
2. Ayala F.J., Fitch W.M., and Clegg M.T. (eds) 2000. Variation and evolution in plants and microorganisms: toward a new synthesis 50 years after Stebbins. National Academy of Sciences of the USA.
3. Puertas M.J. & Naranjo T. (eds.) 2005. Plant cytogenetics. Karger, Basel.
4. Birchler J. & Pires C. (eds.) 2010. Advanced in Plant Cytogenetics. Karger, Basel.
5. "Plant Genome Diversity" vol. 1 and 2, Springer 2013
selected papers to present

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:22