MCDB 433 - Plant Metabolic Biochemistry
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 305 and (MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351).
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Unlike animals and most bacteria, plants are capable of growing and reaching maturity by simply absorbing minerals from the soil, gases from the atmosphere, and light energy from the sun. They are the primary producers, and they are capable of making a huge array of chemicals required for their own growth and development. Because animals cannot produce many of these chemicals although they too need such chemicals for their growth, these animals must consume plants (or other animals that consume plants) in order to obtain such chemicals. Consequently, plants have evolved the ability to make an even more extensive array of toxic compounds to defend themselves against herbivores. Plants also have to synthesize compounds to attract pollinators or other beneficial organisms. The course will examine the major classes of plant compounds and how the plants make them. Reading material will consist of primary literature. Background information will be provided by the instructor, after which the papers will be discussed by the class.

Course Requirements:

No multiple choice or short answers. Random 10-minute quizzes are given weekly and the best 10 are graded. Each quiz typically has two questions based on recent lectures that require a short answer. The presentation entails having students read a scientific paper and present it to the class including: introduction about the outstanding questions; description of how the authors approached the question; and their hypothesis. Then they have to go through the data (e.g., individual figures in the paper) and explain how experiments were done and the results. Finally, they explain what all the results mean and tell the class what they think is the next step in such an investigation.

Intended Audience:

Juniors, seniors and graduate students in the area of general biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and plant biology.

Class Format:

3 hours of lecture per week

MCDB 433 - Plant Metabolic Biochemistry
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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