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PGR 609 ADVANCED PLANT TAXONOMY                                                                               (2L+1P) III

Objective
To apprise students about the identification and classification of plants including taxonomic databases and documentation systems.

Theory

UNIT I
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.

UNIT II
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.

UNIT III
Taxonomic databases: Taxonomic databases and documentation methods.

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