Botany 431 - Physiological Plant Ecology

At the end of your study this week, you should be able to achieve the objectives listed below. You must assemble the evidence that you have achieved these learning outcomes into your Portfolio. You should provide evidence that would be regarded as performance at the top two levels of Biggs' SOLO Taxonomy.

The material in your Portfolio will be assessed as Project 3.

If you wish to discuss this material informally with your peers, you can interact in Esme's Coffee Shop.

You can also challenge your peers by posting questions for them to respond to on the Student Quiz Board.

Week Eight - Learning Objectives

When you have completed this section you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the structural and functional considerations along the path followed by reduced carbon compounds from source regions to sink regions in plants.

  2. Evaluate the ecophysiological significance of the distribution of plasmodesmata in plants.

  3. List the methods available for qualitatively and quantitatively analysing the partitioning of carbon in plants.

  4. Compare fructans and starches as stores of reduced carbon.

Supplemental Sources

Baker,D.A.; Milburn,J.A. 1989. Transport of Photoassimilates.

Ted Botha's Plant Structure/Function Site. Particularly Pages 5 to 8.

Coleman, D.C. & Fry, B. 1991. Carbon Isotope Techniques.

Hendry,G.A.F. 1993. Evolutionary origins and natural functions of fructans. New Phytol 123:3-14.

Pearcy et al. 1989. P327-365.

Pollock,C.J.; Farrar,J.F.; Gordon,A.J. 1992. Carbon Partitioning.

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