UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES  
CAVE HILL CAMPUS
 
FACULTY OF PURE & APPLIED SCIENCES
 DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL & CHEMICAL SCIENCES
   BIOL1051 Biodiversity I - Plant Kingdom Course Outline    

LECTURE  
TOPIC
 
1, 2 What is a plant? Features of plants, plant classification systems. 
Green Algae: distinguishing features, habitats, uses, major groups, structural diversity (viz. examples of unicells to seaweeds), types of syngamy, life cycles of Ulva, Derbesia, Caulerpa
The conquest of the land: problems associated with this transition. The first land plants, e.g. Rhynia. The engima of Psilotum.
4, 5 Bryophytes: mosses & liverworts (hornworts excluded) - morphology, life cycles. Diversity of spore dispersal mechanisms. 
6, 7  Pteridophytes: ferns, Lycopodium & Selaginella - life cycles, morphology. Reference to dominance of this group in the Carboniferous period.  
8 Evolution of the seed habit: including importance of heterospory and endospory. 
9 Gymnosperms: cycad & conifer morphology & reproduction.  
10 Angiosperms: their unique attributes. Monocot/dicot differences. Trends in flower structure. 
 

       

Course Text:

Raven, P.M. et. al (2005) Biology of Plants W H Freeman


Alternatives:

Bell, P.R. (1982).  Green plants: their origin and diversity.  Cambridge Univ. Press.

Bold, H.C., La Clarie, J.W. (1987).  The Plant Kingdom.  Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Kaufman, P.B. (1989).  Plants: their biology and importance.  Harper & Row Publisher.

Moore, R. et. al. (1995).  Botany Vol. 2 Plant Diversity.  Wm. C. Brown Publ.


 
  FURTHER READING  

Chapan, A.R.O. (1987). Functional diversity of plants in the sea and on land. Jones & Bartlett Publ. Inc.
 

Ingold, C.T. (1974). Spore liberation in Cryptogams. Oxford University Press. (OUT OF PRINT)
 

Richardson, D.H.S. (1981). The biology of mosses. Blackwell Sci. Publ.
 

Sze, P. (1986). A biology of the algae. Wm. C. Brown. Publ.
 

Thomas, B. (1981). The evolution of plants and flowers. Peter Lowe. (OUT OF PRINT)

 
 
   
 

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