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The

FA C U L T Y Faculty

BOOKLET 2004 – 2005 of Science & Agriculture

BIOL 3464 (BT37E) TROPICAL FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BL12A & BL11H or BL11G Syllabus: An advanced treatment of topics in tropical forest ecology and management. Topics include biotic and abiotic factors, biotic interactions including regulation of biodiversity, succession and regeneration and nutrient cycling in tropical forest ecosystems. Disturbances and tropical forest management including the history of forestry in the wet tropics; tropical forest inventory; tropical forestry towards sustainability; plantation forestry in the wet tropics; social dimensions and the future of tropical

forest management. Assessment: In-course assessment One 2-hour theory examination

40% 60%

BIOL 3662 (BL36B) EVOLUTION AND BIOSYSTEMATICS (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BL11D or AP10A /AP10B Syllabus: An advanced treatment of population genetics, evolution and methods of biosystematics. Topics include the H-W model; evolutionary forces; neutral theory vs. selectionist theory; mac- roevolution; co-evolution and biogeography; speciation: the biological species concept, isolating mechanisms; within spe- cies variation and micro taxonomy; morphological, chemical and molecular systematics; derivation of cladograms; formu- lation classifications; biological nomenclature. Case studies.

Assessment:

In-course assessment

40%

One 2-hour theory examination

60%

BIOL 3761 (BT31C) FUNCTIONAL DESIGN IN PLANTS (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BL11D and BL11F Syllabus: A multifaceted approach to the study of plant evolution, devel- opment, and structure. Topics include Phyllotaxy, the Fi- bonacci series, the Golden ratio, and the congruence of plant and animal form and fine art. The relationship of cell and organism in higher plants: Are cells the building blocks of plant form? Origin of land plants: Did multicellular plants invade the land? Evolution and adaptiveness. Scaling and plant size. Economy of design. The role of plant morphology in evolutionary concepts and in plant molecular biology. Cel- lular basis for growth, morphogenesis, and differentiation. Growth patterns, polarity, and the developmental axis. Apical development and possible mechanisms. Determination of

leaves, thorns, and cambium. Floral transformation. Assessment: In-course assessment One 2-hour theory examination

40% 60%

BIOL 3762 (BT36D) PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY (4 credits)

Prerequisites: BL27B or (BC22B & BC23A ) Syllabus: Advanced treatment of topics in plant tissue culture and plant genetic engineering and their applications. Topics include an overview of plant tissue culture and its applications in micro propagation, disease-elimination, virus-indexing and crop im- provement. Overview of methods of plant transformation – biology, efficiency and predictability. Evaluation of transgenic plants. Application of genetic engineering in virus-, insect-, herbicide- resistance; in enhancing nitrogen fixation, photo- synthesis, nutrition and post-harvest qualities; and in conser- vation and management of plant genetic resources. Intellec- tual property rights and safe release of genetically modified

organisms. Socio-economic considerations. Assessment: In-course assessment One 2-hour theory examination

40% 60%

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