DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
PGR 508 PLANT TAXONOMY (2L+1P) I
To educate about the relationships between plants and their evolution, especially at the higher levels and actual handling of plant specimens.
Classical and modern species concepts, differentiation and evolution of species and biosystematics: Classical & modern species concepts, variation within species, population genetics, phenotypic plasticity, environmental effects on populations, differentiation and evolution of species, biosystematics; Modern evidences: Morphology and Anatomy; Modern evidences: Embryology and Palynology; Modern evidences: Biogeography and Cytotaxonomy; Modern evidences: Comparative studies on phytochemistry, Chemotaxonomy; Modern evidences: Molecular taxonomy methods; Numerical methods in taxonomy; Biosystematic approaches in plant taxonomy- some Indian case studies.
Taxonomy of cultivated plants: Taxonomy of cultivated plants with particular emphasis on Indian groups: Hybrids, domesticated species, wild-cultivated continuum; Tools of taxonomy for identification of plant species and variation patterns therein; Field and herbarium methods; Floristic and monographic works; Systematic and evolutionary studies.
Taxonomic databases: Taxonomic databases and documentation methods.
- Classical and modern species concepts and biosystematics - Morphology and anatomy; Comparative studies on phytochemistry, Chemotaxonomy; Field and herbarium methods; Floristic and monographic work; Practical methods for elucidating and proving hypotheses relating to plant speciation; Numerical taxonomy-practice and procedures; Biosystematic studies and their role in improving plant taxonomies; Infraspecific categories in relation to population biology
- Taxonomic databases- Taxonomic databases and documentation methods in relation to plant genetic resources
- Taxonomy of crop plants- Taxonomy of cultivated species, domesticated species, wild-cultivated continuum; problems and their resolution; newer methods of analysis and interpretation
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- Greuter, W., Barrie, F.R., Burdet, H.M., Chaloner, W.G., Demoulin, V., Hawksworth, D.L., Jorgenson, P.M., Nicolson, D.H., Silva, P.C., Trehane, P. and Mcneill, J. 1994. International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, Regnum Veg. 131, Koeltz. Sci. Books, Konigstein, Germany. 389 p.
- Jain, S.K. and Rao, R.R. 1976. A Handbook of Field and Herbarium Methods. Today & Tomorrow’s Printers & Publishers, New Delhi, India. 157 p.
- Lawrence, G.H.M. 1951. Taxonomy of Vascular Plants. Indian ed., 1964, Oxford and IBM Publishing Co., Calcutta, India. 323 p.
- Maheshwari, J.K. 1963. The Flora of Delhi. Publications and Information Directorate, CSIR, New Delhi. 447 p.
- Porter, C.L. 1959. Taxonomy of Flowering Plants. W. H. Freeman and Co. Inc., USA. 452 p.