Universität Wien FIND

300627 SE Plant Genome Evolution: Repetitive DNA (2021S)

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

The course will be held DIGITALLY (using BigBlueButton)

Initial meeting (Vorbesprechung) is obligatory.
First full course : lecture by course leader
Other four meetings (blocked if possible) will be dedicated to students presentations of selected papers

Thursday 04.03. 12:15 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 12:15 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 12:15 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 08.04. 12:15 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 12:15 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 12:15 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 12:15 - 14:00 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 repetitive DNA (tandem and dispersed repeat classes and families including mobile genetic elements). These types of DNAs constitute large fractions of plant genomes. The selected papers will focus on types of repetitive DNA, their abundance, variation, as well as hypotheses on their origin, factors stimulating their activity in the genome, mechanisms which enable their successful amplification, existence, and - last but not least - their evolution in the genomes of various organismal groups. Furthermore, the impact of repeats on genome restructuring on all levels of organization and evolution will be discussed, as well as their roles in the genome (selfish junk DNA vs. useful collaborator hypotheses). 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 given on the application of next generation sequencing to analyze repetitive DNA of 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: Th 23.03.2023 00:26