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Department of Plant Sciences


Links between Part II Plant Sciences and IA/IB lectures*

It is highly recommended that you review the relevant IB and IA material for each module before starting the course. If there are courses that you did not do that are relevant to modules you intend to take please email to get access to the relevant Moodle sites.

Michaelmas Term:


Topics Covered

Relevant IBPMS lectures

Other relevant courses

M1: Plant Signalling Networks

  • Ca2+ channels
  • Polar growth
  • Ca2+ signalling
  • Hormone receptors
  • Transcriptional Responses
  • ABA signalling
  • Circadian clock
  • Systems biology approaches and network architecture

Membrane Transport


Pathogen signalling



IB CDB – Signalling (Webb)

IA Cells – Signalling (Webb)

IA PoO – Development (Glover)

M2: Microbes: Evolution, genomes and lifestyle

  • Algae
  • Complex plastids
  • Chloroplast genome
  • Carbon concentrating mechanisms 
  • Protist genomes
  • Organelle division
  • Organelle movement


IB CDB – Organelle biogenesis

IA E+B – Early events in evolution

IA PoO – Carbon concentrating mechanisms

M3: Evolution and ecosystem dynamics

  • Rubisco
  • C4/CAM evolution
  • Phylogeny of plants
  • Evolution of ferns, conifers and Angiosperms
  • Floral evolution
  • Competition and trade- off theory
  • Tropical rainforest dynamics
  • Woodland dynamics

Water relations

IB Ecology – Vegetation

IB Ecology – Speciation

IB CDB – Plant development

IA E+B – Origin of plants

IA E+B – Angiosperm radiation

IA PoO – Rubisco and carbon concentrating mechanisms


Lent Term:


Topics Covered

Relevant IBPMS lectures

Other relevant courses

L1: Plant genomes & synthetic biology

  • Plant genomes
  • Cell division
  • Epigenetics
  • Small RNA molecules
  • Hybrid vigour
  • Chromatin
  • Vernalisaton
  • Self-organisation of development
  • Coordination of development

Molecular tools and techniques

RNA Silencing


Exploitation of Plants

IB CDB – Signalling

IB CDB – Plant Development

IB CDB – Genomics

IB CDB – Chromatin

IB CDB – Cell Divison

IA Cells – Genetic Revolution

L2: Responses to global change (Joint module with Zoology)

  • Climate change
  • Water use
  • Nutrient use
  • Forest growth
  • Distribution of vegetation
  • Population structure
  • Use of stable isotopes

Nutrient Use (Tanner)

Temperature responses (Tanner)

Water use (Griffiths)

IB Ecology – Ecology of change

L3: Metabolism and Food Security

  • Lipid metabolism
  • Cell walls and biofuels
  • Algal metabolism
  • C4 metabolism
  • Food Security
  • Secondary metabolites

Management of reserves

Plant-Animal interactions

IA Cells – Chemistry of Life

IA PoO – Carbon concentrating mechanisms

* NB This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all connections between courses, but highlights the most relevant background. Topics covered at Part II are subject to change.