Principles of Arabidopsis genetics

Aims

·         The main focus of the course is to use the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to study basic aspects of plant development and responses to abiotic stresses.  ·         The use of genetics approaches in Arabidopsis to study the plant functions.  ·         Introduction of Arabidopsis resources available to the community.  ·         Laboratory exercise to test genetic analysis of T-DNA mutants.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of molecular biology, genetics and plant development is required. In addition basic computer skills; word, power point and internet

Learning Outcomes

  The students after the end the course will be able to:  ·         Gain insight into the usefulness of Arabidopsis thaliana to the plant community.  ·         Get an overview of the genetic approach used to study a few aspects in plant development and abiotic stress responses.  ·         Use the existing resourses of Arabidopsis.  ·         Analysis of simple genetic experiment.   

Syllabus

Introduction “why a model for plant biology – and why Arabidopsis An overview of Plant Development using Arabidopsis mutants Molecular Genetics – Forward vs Reverse Genetics Natural Variation Response to Abiotic stress using mutants Arabidopsis resources for the community (e-course) 

Content Delivery

Usage of different experimental approaches will be demonstrated on the selected problems from developmental biology    Focus will be clear on the questions arise, experimental approaches used to answer the hypothesis, interpretation of the results and formulation of the conclusions    Active participation of the student by analyzing recently published papers

Coursework And Assignment Details

  Students will be stimulated to active participate on the lectures.  Assignments TAIR problem (10 points) T-dna problem (10 points) Paper presentation (20 points) Written exams (60 points)