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Wyatt, Sarah [1], Rothwell, Gar W. [1].

A new approach to integrative plant biology: PBIO 442/542 Experimental Anatomy of Plant Development.

PBIO 442/542, “Experimental Anatomy of Plant Development” integrates the molecular and physiological concepts of plant development with the descriptive assessment of cell, tissue, and organ types that are the mainstay of plant anatomy to provide an exciting opportunity for plant biology students. The course is grounded in experimentation and includes cutting edge methodologies currently available for assessment of gene expression. The lecture and laboratory are highly integrated. Lectures provide a conceptual framework for labs and serve to introduce topics and material needed to successfully complete the lab sessions. In the labs, students combine the descriptive analysis of plant cells, tissues and organs with experiments designed to assess development of those tissues and organs. Students perform all sectioning, staining and microscopy necessary to assess plant materials, including reporter gene fusions, mutants, and GFP enhancer trap lines, and have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art research equipment. As a final assessment, students are asked to integrate the knowledge they have gained to perform an independent research project based on the assessment of reporter gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana.  The results are then shared with the class. Experimental Anatomy of Plant Development provides a unique opportunity to fully integrate traditional descriptive biology and modern molecular biology in undergraduate and graduate education.


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1 - Ohio University, Department of Environmental & Plant Biology, Porter Hall, Richland Avenue, Athens, Ohio, 45701-2979, USA

Keywords:
Plant Anatomy
Plant Development
Gene Regulation
Reporter Gene Expression.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 11-6
Location: 207-209/Kandall Hall
Date: Monday, July 31st, 2006
Time: 10:45 AM
Abstract ID:380


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