PLSCS 4420

PLSCS 4420

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

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 in odd-numbered years only).

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PLBIO 3420 and PLBIO 3430 or permission of instructor.

Outcomes
  • Explain 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 the uptake of minerals from the soil solution, their radial transport, root-to-shoot partitioning and grain filling.
  • Explain the rationale behind designing nutrient solution for different plant species.
  • Explain the approaches and scientific basis behind them for crop biofortification.
  • Analyze original scientific literature, design and communicate scientific presentation.
  • Explain, evaluate and interpret original experimental data, reflect on the design and the interpretation of results of one's own experiments.

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

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 17594PLSCS 4420  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: PLBIO 3420 and PLBIO 3430 or permission of instructor.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PLSCS 6420

  • 3 Credits Opt NoAud

  • 17595PLSCS 4420  LEC 002

    • MWFOnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Vatamaniuk, O

  • Instruction Mode: Online
    Prerequisite: PLBIO 3420 and PLBIO 3430 or permission of instructor.