Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 333 Plant Physiology and Tissue Culture Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 5 2 + 2 125 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adisa Paric, Prof. Dr. Adisa Paric, Prof. Dr.
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This course is giving an introduction to the basic physical and physiological properties of a plant body. Also, fundamentals of plant metabolism, such as water movement, photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration, are discussed. This course is mainly focused on contemporary aspects of plant physiology with an emphasis on recent research. Lab course, which is taken concurrently with lectures, is explaining plant morphology and metabolism through practical exercises. Both lectures and lab course are ending with selected topics in plant tissue culture

Introduction to the basic plant structure.
Introduction to plant physiology.
Explaining molecular mechanisms underlying plant physiological processes.
Covering molecular basis of respiration and photosynthesis.
Discussing main processes important for the normal functioning of plants.

  1. Introduction to plant physiology and plants as model organisms
  2. Introduction to plant cell, tissue and organ morphology, and physiology
  3. Fundamentals of plant tissue
  4. Plant nucleic acids, gene expression, and signal transduction
  5. Water transport and water balance in plants Basics of plant development
  6. Mineral nutrition
  7. Basics of plant development
  9. Photosynthesis: Light reactions Week
  10. Photosynthesis: Carbon reactions
  11. Environmental regulation of photosynthesis
  12. Respiration
  13. Lipid metabolism
  14. Fundamentals of plant tissue culture
  15. Methodologies used in plant tissue culture

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Introduction to lab course
  3. he plant cell: Microscopy of different plant parts (plant cell – Allium cepa organelles, Aspidistra sp. – chloroplasts, Cucurbita pepo – elements of the vascular system, Helleborus odorus – leaf, stoma)
  4. Physiology of the cell: Osmosis
  5. Plasmolysis and deplasmolysis
  6. Water transport in plants

  1. Transpiraton and respiration
  3. Photosynthesis
  4. Enzymes
  5. Physiology of plant growth
  6. Plant tissue culture: Growing the plants
  7. Plant tissue culture: Hormones and media
  8. Preparation for practical exam from lab course
  9. Practical exam from lab course

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Class Deliverables120
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Illustrate the basics of plant anatomy necessary to understand plant physiology
  • Describe molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis
  • Demonstrate the basics of biochemical cycles that take place in a plant cell
  • Break down molecular mechanisms of respiration
  • Perform plant tissue culture
  • Taiz, L. & Zeiger, E. (2010). Plant physiology, 5th ed. Sunderland, UK: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11414
Preparation for Final Examination11515
Assignment / Homework/ Project11818
Seminar / Presentation11414
Total Workload: 125
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5