Course: Plant Variation and Evolution

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Course title Plant Variation and Evolution
Course code BOT/PVRX
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Smýkal Petr, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
The beginning of biometry. Early work on the basis of individual variation. Pre and Post-Darwinian ideas about evolution. Modern views on the basis of variation. Reproductive strategies. Intraspecific variation, conception of ecotype. Recent progress in population genetics. Species and speciation. Speciation and hybridization. Polyploidy. Mutagenesis. Abrupt speciation. Conception of species. Evolution and fylogeny. Basis of plant evolutionary development (evo-devo).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is focussed on analysis and understanding of phenotypic and genetic variation of plants in phylogenetic and developmental contexts.
Student should be able to (after attending the course): - Apply experience from genetics, ecology and phytogeography in understanding the biology of species. - Recall the most important historical opinions on plant variation. - Explain the differences in reproduction modes and their impact on plant variation - Define the reasons of inter- and intraspecific genetic variability. - Explain different ways of speciation. - Define the species. - Choose and apply proper methodology of phenotypic and genetic analysis of plant variation
Knowledge of plant taxonomy, systematics and physiology. Basis of genetics and plant molecular biology.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam

knowledge in extent of the lectures. Minimum of 50% presence of lectures.
Recommended literature
  • & Henry, R. J. (2005). Plant diversity and evolution: genotypic and phenotypic variation in higher plants. Wallingford: CABI Publishing.
  • Briggs, D. et Walters, S. M. (2001). Proměnlivost a evoluce rostlin.. Univerzita Palackého, Olomouc, 532 s.
  • Briggs D., Walters S.M. (1997). Plant Variation and Evolution. Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, N. A. a kol. (2006). Biologie. Computer Press, a.s., Brno, 1332 str.
  • Flegr J. (2005). Evoluční biologie. Praha.
  • Ingrouille, M., & Eddie, B. (2006). Plants: evolution and diversity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Leitch, I. J., Greilhuber, J., Doležal, J., & Wendel, J. F. (2013). Plant genome diversity. Wien: Springer.
  • Stace C. A. (1980). Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics. London.
  • Willis, K. J., & McElwain, J. C. (2002). The evolution of plants. New York, N.Y: Oxford University Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Botany (2015) Biology courses 1 Winter