DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
PGR 609 ADVANCED PLANT TAXONOMY (2L+1P) III
To apprise students about the identification and classification of plants including taxonomic databases and documentation systems.
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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- Hollingsworth, P.M., Bateman, R.M. and Gornall, R.J. (eds.) 1999. Molecular Systematics and Plant Evolution. Taylor and Francis, London and New York.485 p.
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