UE Evolutionary biology of plants

Diplômes intégrant cet élément pédagogique :


Course outline


- The green lineage: groups and phylogenetic classification

- Conquest of the land by plants:  Emergence from the aquatic environment and evolution of body plans

- Endosymbiosis in the plant kingdom: Mecanism, coordination of three genomes and consequences on physiology, development and metabolism

- Photosynthesis evolution (antenna structure, photoprotection, state transitions)

- Secondary metabolisms in the plant kingdom

- Microalgaes evolution and extreme conditions

- Evolution of reproductive strategies: algaes, mosses, ferns, spermaphytes

- The origin of the flower

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Bibliographic project

A group of 3 students will cover the bibliography on a specified scientific question proposed by a reference teacher. The reference teacher will indicate a review article and 2-3 break-through research articles to start with. Based on this information, the students will gather bibliographic references (i.e. up to 40 articles), read the corresponding articles and synthetise them in a collaborative written report. An oral presentation of their synthesis will be presented in front of the other students, leading to a discussion around the scientific question they cover.

Tutorials: Preparing, presenting and discussing a bibliographic project

After an introductory tutorial that will provide tips to perform a bibliographic project, a tutorial slot at the University library will be devoted to the presentation of scientific litterature ressources and to bibliographic research tools. During the time of the bibliographic research, a short discussion will be organized between the 3 students and their reference teacher about the on-going bibliographic research and the structure of the written and oral reports.

Oral presentations of the bibliographic work will take place during discussions sessions with the complete group of students.




Format of the course








Tutorials and discussions



Lab sessions



Estimated work load at home











Exam requirements


Nature of the exams

Mid-term (Number of hours, % of the final grade)

Final (Number of hours, % of the final grade)

Second session

Written exam


1h30, 40%

1: 1h30, 40%

Oral exam

1h, 30%



Bibliography report






- Language used for the teaching and evaluation:  English

- To which kind of program can you apply when taking this course?

All majors of Master 2 in Biology programs. This course is compulsory for students in the PLANT-Int program.

- Pre-requisites:

  • Knowing the bases of cell biology, gene regulation, and plant physiology
  • Finding informations in a scientific article written in English
  • Knowing how to intreprete and to bring a critical view on experimental results

- Is the number of students limited in this course? no

Compétences visées

- Targeted skills:

  • Being able to describe the main characteristics of the green lineage, to explain the issues of the land conquest by plants and to compare reproductive strategies among major plants groups
  • Searching for scientific bibliographic references related to a defined topic and finding the corresponding articles
  • Searching, in a set of reviews and primary articles, for key/pertinent elements that inform on advances in a given scientific topic
  • Putting a scientific question in the context of the state-of-the-art; Presenting (orally and in a written report) a synthetic view on a large amount of scientific data
  • Understanding how scientific approaches and methodologies lead to knowledge elaboration
  • Working in collaborative groups

Informations complémentaires

Lieu(x) : Grenoble - Saint-Martin d'Hères
Langue(s) : Francais