Plant Cell and Molecular Biology (B4)
Recent discoveries in the plant sciences have illustrated the potential of modern techniques for the production of genetically engineered plants that are resistant to pathogens, herbicides, and adverse environmental conditions. A solid foundation in basic plant cell and molecular biology is required in order for students to participate in this green revolution. The novel experiments in this program are intended to provide this background. In the program, students extract and characterize enzymes and DNA from plant tissues, localize enzymes in plants at the tissue and cell levels, and analyze fundamental process common to all cells including mitosis, osmosis, and cell respiration. The program is ideal for introducing the beginning student to basic biological principles and plant biology and can serve as a supplement to elementary laboratory courses in botany, plant physiology, and agriculture.
Microscopes, slides, cover slips, a tabletop centrifuge, ethyl alcohol, and hydrochloric acid are needed, but not provided.