Understanding Plants

Do plants see, hear, feel and smell? 

The aim of this course is to help you identify and compare how ecology and evolution has shaped plant form, function, and their interactions. Yu will study the evolution of shoot structure, diversification of roots, and canopies. You will observe and recognize the network of different functions and interactions in the plant world and how that shapes plants’ fate in a community, through a look at pollination, herbivory, dispersal, mimicry and carnivory. We will cover plant perceptions, signalling and behaviour. The course will include analysis, literature review, and you will conceptualize relevant questions in plant science, design experiments through projects, collect, and analyze data.