BOTN – Botany
Fundamentals of Plant Biology
This course is an overview of the biodiversity, evolution and life cycles of organisms in the Plant Kingdom (bryophytes, seedless vascular plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms). The course examines plant morphology and anatomy, with a focus on angiosperms. Examples of native and invasive species are used to apply knowledge of plant morphology to species identification and to explore ecological concepts. Emphasis throughout the course is on the relationship between plant form and function.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in BIOL 108.
Plant Behaviour and its Applications
Over the past decade, it has become clear that plants are able to sense and respond to environmental cues, interact with other organisms, and make decisions about how to optimize growth, all of which can be described as behavioural responses. This course provides insight into the physiological mechanisms that allow for plant sensory responses and interactions with other organisms. We will explore how this understanding of plant behaviour can be applied in a variety of contexts such as pharmaceutical sciences, bio-remediation, reclamation, and pest- and pathogen-management in agriculture and forestry. The laboratory employs experimental techniques used in studying plant growth responses to answer specific research questions.