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Unit Code
Unit Title
KPA210 Plants of Tasmania
KPA214 Plants in Action
KPA215 Genetics & Evolution

2014 KPA214 Plants in Action

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: This unit and the complementary unit KPA215 (Genetics and Evolution) are prerequisites for third-year units in the School of Plant Science. The complementary unit KPA210 is highly recommended;


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
KPA214 H

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 1 H On Campus 24-FEB-2014 23-MAR-2014 14-APR-2014 30-MAY-2014

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2014 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2014 will be available from the 1st October 2013.

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Plants in Action is a core unit for BSc students interested in specializing in plant science. The unit explores the interaction of plants with the environment at the organism, organ, tissue and cellular levels. We examine the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, mineral uptake and translocation, and adaptations that enable plants to occupy diverse environments. We also examine the processes controlling plant development (germination, reproductive phase change, dormancy and senescence). The practical component is a combination of experimental work and observation of plant structure, and includes a 2-day excursion to examine plant adaptations in different vegetation types on the East Coast of Tasmania.

Theoretical topics include:

  • Plant Physiology from molecular to environmental

o Nutrients - essential elements and toxicity

o Biological nitrogen fixation

o Plant water relations

o Membranes and molecules

o Photosynthesis - the basic process underpinning plant existence. CO 2 assimilation, RUBISCO and the Calvin cycle

o Photosynthesis - Chloroplast structure, pigments and light harvesting and distribution, PSII and PSI distribution

o Respiration and the Krebs cycle

  • Plant Development and the environment

o Seed dormancy & germination

o Seedling growth

o Growth in response to the environment

o Phase change - vegetative & reproductive

o Dormancy & Senescence

Practical skills include:

  • Microscopy skills, specimen preparation, observational skills, drawing skills
  • Experimental design, interpretation of data, analysis, scientific communication skills (report writing)
  • Field identification skills

WEIGHT: 12.5%


TEACHING PATTERN: 2 lectures and 3 hrs practical weekly (13 wks)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Resource supported teaching & learning - H
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
About Flexible Study Options

This unit includes international cross-cultural issues/skills.

Prereq KPA161, KPZ164
Coreq KPA215

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STAFF: Dr RJE Wiltshire (Unit Coordinator), Assoc Prof MJ Hovenden

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