The Plant Biology Program is administered by the Department of Botany, extension 2734, and is a joint program with courses offered by:
Department of Botany.
Department of Environmental Biology.
Department of Land Resource Science.
Department of Plant Agriculture.
PBIO*3110 Crop Physiology F(3-3) [0.50]
Physiological and biochemical principles related to production by crop canopies. Carbon fixation, leaf area, light interception, assimilate distribution, water relations and nutrient utilization are used to develop solutions to problems of crop yield and quality. Growth and development in response to cultural innovations including the use of growth regulators are also considered. Department of Plant Agriculture.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040 or BOT*1150
PBIO*3750 Plant Tissue Culture F(2-3) [0.50]
An examination and discussion of the principles, protocols and utilization of plant cell tissue culture systems. In vitro propagation and regeneration, mutagenesis and selection, secondary metabolite elicitation and cell transformation techniques including protoplast fusion, direct DNA uptake and plant bacterial co-cultivation will be emphasized. Department of Plant Agriculture.
Prerequisite(s): AGR*2451/2 or BOT*2100
PBIO*4000 Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant-Microbe Interactions F(3-0) [0.50]
Examination of molecular and cellular aspects of the interaction between plants and microorganisms such as mycorrhizae, pathogenic fungi, Agrobacterium and plant viruses. Topics include microbial virulence, signalling, gene expression, and disease resistance in plants. Departments of Botany and Environmental Biology.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of BIOL*1040, BOT*1150, MICR*1000 (MBG*2000 and MBG*2020 are recommended)
PBIO*4030 Plant Cell Biology F(3-0) [0.50]
An examination and discussion of structure-function relationships at the subcellular level during plant growth and development. Organelles and their roles in biosynthetic, bioenergetic and physiological processes that are unique to plants will be emphasized. Department of Botany. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*2210, (BOT*2100 or BOT*2300)
PBIO*4100 Soil Plant Relationships W(3-0) [0.50]
Root growth as affected by soil properties; soil plant water relations; soil aeration; absorption, translocation and function of nutrients in plants; ion transport to roots; rhizosphere effects; application of concepts to crop production. Department of Land Resource Science.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of AGR*2301/2, BOT*2100, BOT*2300, SOIL*2010, equivalent
PBIO*4150 Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant Development W(3-0) [0.50]
An examination of the molecular and cellular processes that underlie cellular differentiation and organ formation in plants. The roles of homeotic genes, gene regulation, cell polarity, morphogens and environmental effects in development will be discussed. Subjects will be introduced by a lecture and examined in detail in discussions of pertinent research papers. Department of Plant Agriculture. (Offered in even-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): 1 of BOT*2100, BOT*2300, BOT*2400
PBIO*4530 Environmental Pollution Stresses on Plants W(3-0) [0.50]
The study of environmental pollution effects on physiological and ecological processes of plants, in both managed and unmanaged ecosystems. Pollutants under study include contaminants of air (such as ozone, sulphur dioxide and UV-B radiation) and soil (such as metals and organic xenobiotics). The format includes both lecture and presentation/discussion of current and historical peer-reviewed literature. Department of Land Resource Science.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*2060, (BOT*2100 or BOT*2300)
PBIO*4600 Plant Environment Interaction and Stress Physiology W(3-2) [0.75]
The effects of environmental stresses on plant growth, development and yield, and the physiological and physical mechanisms used by plants to tolerate these stresses are discussed with emphasis on low temperature, wind and water stresses. Fundamental plant processes including membrane transport, cell elongation, stomatal control, osmotic adjustment, sap flow, photosynthesis and the role of growth regulators are discussed in relation to their response to environmental stress. Department of Plant Agriculture.
Prerequisite(s): BOT*2300 or BOT*3310
PBIO*4750 Genetic Engineering of Plants W(3-3) [0.50]
An examination and discussion of the principles, protocols and applications of molecular biology and transformation technology to the genetic improvements of plants. Department of Plant Agriculture.
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