UE Plant development and signaling part I

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Course outline

Lectures (17)

- Approaches and tools to study plant development and signalling

- Gametogenesis, Fertilization and Self-Incompatibility

- Early embryogenesis: establishment of the apico-basal axis

- Late embryogenesis: ABA, dessiccation tolerance and dormancy

- Function of the Meristems

    • Root Apical Meristem

    • Shoot Apical Meristem and Cambium

    • Floral Meristem and the basics od flower morphogenesis

- Phyllotaxis and organ growth (auxins, CKs, GAs, Ethylene…)

- Flowering transition (vernalisation, photoperiod, autonomous pathway)

- Photo/Skotosignaling and morphogenesis

- Retrograde signalling and plant development

- Photo perception and photosynthesis (Phototropins)

- Abiotic stress responses (nutrients, genotoxic agents, phytoremediation)

Tutorials + Discussions (10)

Individual students present a subject based on the study of article(s), on one of the topics developed in the lectures. Ahead of the presentation, a tutorial slot of 20min will be dedicated for consultation between each presenting student and his/her professor. A group of 2-3 students will also work together on the article(s) in order to prepare questions for the presenting student, and will give feedback on the answers. There will be 2 presentations by discussion session of 1h30.



Format of the course








Tutorials and discussions

22 (15 and 7)


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

Dataset analysis (1h30), 25%

Synthesis and data analyses 2h, 50%

1: 2h, 50%

Oral exam

Individual presentation (30min), questions/evaluation (10 min) 25%





- 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 (research or professionalising programs) at UGA. This course is mandatory for students enrolled in the PLANT-Int program.

- Pre-requisites:

  • Knowing the bases of cell biology, gene regulation, and plant physiology.
  • Knowing how to grasp a scientific question; to present research results in light of announced objectives; to bring a critical view on experimental results and to propose further experiments.


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


- Targeted skills:

  • Searching, in a set of primary articles, for key/pertinent elements that inform on advances in a precise scientific field
  • Working autonomously and in collaborative groups and networks
  • Evaluating peers on an oral presentation

Skills to be developed both in oral and written exercises:

  • Putting a scientific question in the context of the state-of-the-art
  • Analysing and presenting a scientific dataset made of experimental results
  • Understanding the experimental protocol behind a result, a methodology
  • Proposing an approach and methodologies to answer to a scientific question

Informations complémentaires

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