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Module summary

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 (Davies)

Stomata (Griffiths)

Pathogen signalling (Carr)

Symbiosis (Hubbard)

Hormones (Glover/Hanke)

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

Photosynthesis (Hibberd)

IB CDB – Organelle biogenesis (Smith)

IA E+B – Early events in evolution (Howe/Barbrook)

IA PoO – Carbon concentrating mechanisms (Griffiths)

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 (Griffiths)

IB Ecology – Vegetation (Coomes)

IB Ecology – Speciation (Welch)

IB CDB – Plant development (Haseloff)

IA E+B – Origin of plants (Glover)

IA E+B – Angiosperm radiation (Glover)

IA PoO – Rubisco and carbon concentrating mechanisms (Griffiths)


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 (Hanke)

RNA Silencing (Baulcombe)

Development  (Glover/Hanke)

Exploitation of Plants (Henderson)

IB CDB – Signalling (Webb)

IB CDB – Plant Development (Haseloff)

IB CDB – Genomics (O’Kane)

IB CDB – Chromatin (Krude)

IB CDB – Cell Divison (Segal)

IA Cells – Genetic Revolution (Russell)

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 (Tanner, Griffiths, Coomes)

L3: Metabolism and Food Security

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

Management of reserves (Smith)

Plant-Animal interactions (Smith)

IA Cells – Chemistry of Life

IA PoO – Carbon concentrating mechanisms (Griffiths)

* 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.