Damian Cirelli

Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences

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Science Instructor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
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cirelli@ualberta.ca

Courses

BOT 205 - Fundamentals of Plant Biology

An overview of the diversity and biology of organisms traditionally included in the Plant Kingdom (algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and flowering plants). Emphasis throughout the course is on the relationship between structural and functional innovations in plants and how these have influenced their reproduction and evolution in various ecosystems. Symbioses and co-evolutionary relationships between or among different kinds of plants, and with other groups of organisms, are also considered. Prerequisite: BIOL 108 or SCI 100. Credit cannot be obtained for both BOT 205 and PL SC 221.

Fall Term 2021
BOT 303 - Plant Development

The generation of a functional plant requires the spatially coordinated acquisition of numerous cell identities. Examines developmental processes in plants at the molecular and cellular level and will cover: body axis establishment and tissue pattern formation during embryogenesis, cell-to-cell communication in patterning events and differentiation processes, and cell differentiation patterns in tissue systems. Emphasis throughout the course will be on current research using developmental mutants. Prerequisites: BIOL 201 and 207; one of BOT 205 or 340 strongly recommended.

Winter Term 2022
BOT 308 - Plant Anatomy

Seed plant structure and development with particular emphasis on flowering plants. The course covers origin, development, and function of meristems (apical, primary, and lateral), tissue and organ development, wood structure and identification, floral anatomy, embryogenesis, and fruit structure. Prerequisites: BIOL 108 or SCI 100. BOT 205 recommended. Offered in alternate years.

Winter Term 2022
BOT 340 - Plant Physiology

This course explores how plants function. Topics include water transport and the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, photosynthesis and carbon resource utilization, nitrogen nutrition and symbioses, photosensing, and responses to environmental stresses such as attack by pests and pathogens. Laboratories introduce both classical and contemporary methods in plant physiology. Prerequisites: BIOL 107; CHEM 101 or 164 or 261; and a 200-level Biological Sciences course or PL SC 221. Credit cannot be obtained for both BOT 340 and 540. SCI 100 may be used in lieu of BIOL 107 and CHEM 101.

Fall Term 2021
BOT 540 - Advanced Plant Physiology

This course explores how plants function. Topics include water transport and the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, photosynthesis and carbon resource utilization, nitrogen nutrition and symbioses, photosensing, and responses to environmental stresses such as attack by pests and pathogens. Lectures, assignments and exams are the same as BOT 340 with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Normally, BOT 540 students will also participate in the BOT 340 laboratory component. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Credit cannot be obtained for both BOT 340 and 540.

Fall Term 2021

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