Plant Structure and function

Level: Basic level
Course code: 1BG206
Credits: 15
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How do plants work? How and why did they get their features? Those are the main questions to be dealt with during this course. This is not a classical botany course, which follows a course book from chapter 1 onwards, but a problem-based exploratory course offered in cooperation between several different programs here at EBC.

Is the "Plant Structure and Function" course for you? The course is suitable both for those who are planning ahead for more advanced studies in any topic within botany, and also for those of you with a wish to widen and deepen your knowledge of plant biology. The course is relevant for a future as biology and science teacher and for anyone who wants to work with research on plants, conservation or ecology.

The course includes a section with the completion of the histological preparations and light and electron-core methods used in laboratories in many biological disciplines. This part is designed freely: you can choose which structure you want to explore and have access to the botanical gardens, including the tropical greenhouse, to collect material.

The emergence of leading tissue, i.e. the ability to actively transport water and photosynthesis, and the emergence of the flower are two evolutionary events that, with hindsight, been crucial to shaping all land-based life as we know it today. The course is based on these and other important evolutionary innovations and examines in detail them in terms of function, history, and development. How and when did they appear? How do they work in detail? How can we examine the development of biological and molecular mechanisms behind them? What impact have they brought? How can physiologists, systematists, molecular biologists, and ecologists together or individually provide answers to these and similar questions? These questions, and more, will be answered if you take this course.

This course builds on your background from "Organism evolution and diversity" and "Plant physiology" alternatively "Natural sciences" of the teacher training program, but, unlike these, designed from specific questions. Lectures, seminars and laboratory work in the subjects of plant physiology, plant systematics, evolutionary functional genomics, and ecology, are integrated in relation to the current issue, and you are always able to discuss your questions with experienced teachers in these areas.

For more information, please contact:
Irene Söderhäll (