PLSCS 4420

PLSCS 4420

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

Plants provide almost all essential minerals for humans and therefore plants are critical components of the human diet. Plant biologists address challenges of meeting the nutritional needs of the increasing world's population by studying plants' ability to uptake, translocate and accumulate mineral nutrients in edible tissues. By integrating basic plant biology with molecular breeding and genomics approaches, fundamental discoveries are utilized to have the greatest impact on solving biofortification of plant-based foods. This team-taught course explores the mechanisms of acquisition of mineral nutrients from the soil, translocation and accumulation in plant tissues, strategies to prevent mineral element deficiencies while avoiding their overload, and toxicity of noxious metals. Selected lectures focus on the relation between the nutrient status of plants and human nutrition and health.

When Offered Spring (offered alternate years).

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PLBIO 2420, PLBIO 3420 or equivalent, PLBIO 3430 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Comments Co-meets with PLSCS 6420.

Outcomes
  • Understand the impact of mineral deficiencies on plant growth and yield and the impact of poor mineral nutrition on human health.
  • Describe transport pathways and their regulatory components that control uptake of minerals from the soil solution, their radial transport, root-to-shoot partitioning and grain filling.
  • Understand the rationale behind designing nutrient solution for different plant species.
  • Understand approaches and scientific basis behind approaches for crop biofortification.
  • Analyze original scientific literature, design and communicate scientific presentation.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PLSCS 6420

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17462PLSCS 4420  LEC 001

  • PLBIO 2420, PLBIO 3420 or equivalent; PLBIO 3430 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.