Plant Science focusses on the green, silent, and motionless life forms we take for granted. Plants are amazing organisms. Literally rooted in one spot, they are able to cope with a wide range of environmental conditions, while at the same time using only light, carbon dioxide and water to generate energy-rich sugars that drive and support the vast majority of life on the surface of our planet. In this series of lectures we take a closer look at 4 major themes that highlight the importance and the unique features of plants:
1) Interaction between plants, via roots, and soil;
2) Regulation of growth and development by plant hormones;
3) Leaf structure and photosynthesis
4) Cell walls, stems, and vascular tissue
5) Plant biotechnology
Ladiges, P., Evans, B., Saint, R., and Knox, B. (2010) Biology: An Australian Focus. McGraw-Hill, North Ryde, Australia.