PřF:S2011 Hormones in plant development - Course Information

S2011 Hormones in plant development

Faculty of Science
spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Helene Robert Boisivon, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. RNDr. Jiří Fajkus, CSc.
National Centre for Biomolecular Research - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Helene Robert Boisivon, Ph.D.
Supplier department: National Centre for Biomolecular Research - Faculty of Science
Wed 14:00–15:50 A26-222
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
At the end of the course, the student should understand the basic principles of plant development and the role and influence of hormones. Student will be able to identify basic differences and common principles of the different hormones metabolism and action and (s)he will be able to demonstrate them on the basic developmental processes of plants.
  • 1. Lesson. Overview of the plant hormones - terminology, basic principles.
  • 2. Lesson. Auxin - production, transport, signaling.
  • 3. Lesson. Auxin and its role in plant development - discovery of the hormone; tropism (physiology, genetics); root meristem and root-derived organs.
  • 4. Lesson: Auxin and its function above ground - Organogenesis (differences and similarity with root), shoot-derived organs, correlation with local auxin gradients, transport and organ formation.
  • 5. Lesson. Embryogenesis - apical-basal axis formation, pattern formation during embryogenesis, Arabidopsis mutants, gene identities, implication of auxin.
  • 6. Lesson. Cytokinin - Complexity of plant hormone signaling: biosynthesis, degradation, perception, signal transduction, isolation and verification of the receptors and downstream components.
  • 7. Lesson. Cytokinin - Function in plant development.
  • 8. Lesson. Ethylene - A success of forward genetics, genetic dissection of ethylene signaling.
  • 9. Lesson. Ethylene - Molecular characterization and arrangement of the pathway.
  • 10. Lesson. The complexity of hormone crosstalk. Examples.
Teaching methods (in Czech)
lectures, class discussion
Assessment methods (in Czech)
Oral examination.
The student is assessed for her/his understanding of the lectures.
The final test comprises few questions on each lesson.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (spring 2018, recent)
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