BIOL 358 Plant Genetics and the Future of Sustainable Agriculture with Lab

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This course will showcase the dynamic inner workings and rich evolutionary history of the plant kingdom. Topics to be covered include the genetics underlying morphological form and function, plant responses and adaptations to the environment, the biomechanics of plant anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, taxonomic diversity, and interactions between people & plants. Examples of laboratory activities include characterizing the genetics behind environmental responses, looking at hormonal pathways with transgenic plants, basic physiology and exploring the tools used by breeders and plant scientists. Students will interface with different organizations outside of the Rhodes community, improving our understanding of the importance of plants.

Prerequisites: BIOL 130, 131, 140 & 141