The CC- Botany 1 entitled Plant Groups is actually a course on basic plant diversity and comprises of 40 modules. It gives a detailed account of different plant groups like virus, bacteria, algae, fungi including and mycorrhizae, archegoniates including bryophytes, pteridophytes and also the spermatophyte in the form gymnosperms. Each group have detailed discussion of their classification, ecological importance, classification and phylogeny, certain important type genera and also their economic importance. Thus by studying these 40 modules, a student should be able to understand and appreciate the major plant groups from microbes to gymnosperms which form the basis of plant sciences. Students from any branch of biological sciences will find these modules relevant and useful for their higher studies.
Week -1 1. Viruses: Discovery, general structure2. Virus Replication3. Economic Importance of Virus
Week -2 4. Bacteria – Discovery, General characteristics and cell structure5. Vegetative, asexual reproduction of bacteria6. Conjugation, Transformation and Transduction of Bacteria
Week-3 7. Economic importance of bacteria8. General characteristics, Ecology and distribution9. Range of thallus organization, Reproduction in algae Week-4 10. Classification of algae;11. Morphology and life-cycles: Nostoc and Chlamydomonas12. Morphology and life-cycles: Oedogonium and Vaucheria
Week-5 13. Morphology and life-cycles: Fucus, Polysiphonia.14. Economic Importance: Blue green algae and higher algae15. General characteristics, ecology and significance of Fungi
Week-6 16. Range of thallus organization in fungi, cell structure and nutrition.17. Classification and Reproduction in fungi18. General characteristics, ecology and significance, life cycle: Rhizopus (Zygomycota)
Week-7 19. General characteristics, ecology and significance, life cycle: Penicillium and Alternaria20. General characteristics, ecology and significance, life cycle: Puccinia and Agaricus21. Economic Importance of Fungi
Week-8 22. Smbiotic Associations-Lichens:General account, reproduction and significance23. Mycorrhiza: ectomycorrhiza and endomycorrhiza and their significance24. Unifying features of archegoniates, Transition and Alternation of generation.
Week-9 25. General characteristics and Land adaptations of Bryophytes26. Detailed Classification of Bryophytes27. Range of thallus organization, Morphology, anatomy and reproduction: Marchantia and Funaria28. Ecology of bryophytes and Economic importance of bryophytes with special mention of Sphagnum
Week -10 29. Economic Importance of bryophytes with special mention of Sphagnum30. General characteristics, classification of Pteridophytes31. Early land plants (Cooksoniaand Rhynia).32. Morphology, anatomy and reproduction of Selaginella
Week-11 33. Morphology, anatomy and reproduction of Equisetum34. Morphology, anatomy and reproduction of Pteris35. Heterospory and seed habit, stelar evolution..36. Ecological and economical importance of Pteridophytes
Week-12 37. General characteristics and Detailed Classification of Gymnosperms38. Morphology anatomy and reproduction of Cycas39. Morphology anatomy and reproduction of Pinus40. Ecological and Economic Importance of Gymnosperms