Course Code: HRT 853
HRT 853 is a graduate level course focusing on the biophysical, biochemical, and physiological processes by which plants absorb mineral nutrients from the soil, translocate these nutrients throughout the plant, and utilize the nutrients for growth and development.
Because the subject of plant mineral nutrition involves a broad range of disciplines such as soil science, plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics, this course focuses on selected topics, such as:
This course will also examine mineral nutrition of plants from molecular and cellular levels to organismal and environmental levels, with lectures by MSU faculty who view the subject globally and environmentally, at the soil/plant interface, at the whole plant level, as well as at the molecular and cellular level. In addition, the class will discuss techniques for measuring ion transport and some of the underlying theory, including a brief introduction to the thermodynamic principles governing the transport of water and ions. Now that plant genes encoding NO3-, K+, H+, BO3-, Na+ and many other transporters have been cloned and proteins responsible for the uptake mineral nutrients by plant cells have been identified, some discussions will be of molecular-level details.