BIOL 6130   
   Advanced Plant Physiology   

Fall 2002

Prerequisites: BIOL1020 & CHEM2030 or CHEM2070 or equivalent (Note that one quarter of ORGANIC CHEMISTRY is a prerequisite for BIOL6130). For those students who do not have strong backgrounds in chemistry it is recommended that you review some principles of chemistry for biologists. You can do this by reading the chapter on the chemistry of life from any introductory biology text, or by clicking below (Note that this is the lecture notes for Unit 2 on the Chemistry of life that are used in BIOL1020).

Chemistry of life notes

Instructor: Dr. Robert Locy
Office: 328 Life Sciences Building
Lab: 333 Life Sciences Building
Phone: 844-1623
Email -

Office Hours: Anytime by appointment

Lectures: TBA

Course Objectives: BIOL6130 is an advanced survey course dealing with a variety of physiological processes occurring in plants. For most students this course will serve as background for other more advanced plant science courses. Thus, the following specific objectives are intended to prepare the student for such work:

1. To understand plant structures in the context of physiological function plants.
2. To understand plant water relations, i.e. how plants acquire, utilize, and regulate the flow of
water between plant and environment.
3. To understand the mineral nutrients plants require, and how they are obtained, metabolized,
and transported.
4. To understand the physiological details of photosynthesis and respiration, and how they are
organized and regulated in plants.
5. To understand plant growth and development, and its regulation by hormones and the

Course Text: Plant Physiology, 2nd Edition by Taiz and Zeiger. Wadsworth Publishing Co.

Home Page Address for Course:


Wk 1 Introduction-Plant Cells - Ultrastructure and Anatomy Syllabus/Chapter 1
Wk 2 Water Relations, Osmosis, and Water movement, Transpiration, Stomatal Behavior Chapter 3/4
2 Sept Labor Day Holiday
Wk 3 Mineral nutrition/Absorption of minerals/Assimilation of nitrogen and sulfur Chapter 2, 5, 6, & 12
Wk 4 Photosynthesis - Light reactions Chapter 7
Wk 5 The Calvin Cycle Chapter 8
Wk 6 Photorespiration/Photosynthesis - Environmental/agricultural aspects Chapter 9
Wk 7 C4 and CAM Metabolism Chapter 8
8 Oct Midterm Exam
Wk 8 Carbohydrate synthesis, Translocation Chapter 8
Wk 9 Respiration - TCA Cycle Chapter 11
Wk 10 Respiration - Electron Transport Chapter 11
Wk 11 Growth and development Chapter 1
Wk 12 Hormones - Auxin, gibberellin, Cytokinin Chapter 19, 20, & 21
Wk 13 Other Hormones, Phytochrome, Blue Light Chapter 17 & 18
Wk 14 Hormones - ABA & Ethylene Chapter 22 & 23
Wk 15 Environmental stress physiology Chapter 25
  Final Exam - 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wed. Dec 11, 2002

Grading System

There will be two, examinations during the course. Each of these will count 100 points towards the final grade. The Final Exam will not be comprehensive.

Grade Points Earned

A 180 - 200
B 160 - 180
C 140 - 160
D 120 - 140
F < 120

THERE WILL BE NO CURVE, what you earn is what you get!