Understanding Plants - Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

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Understanding Plants - Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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This class is aimed at people interested in understanding the basic science of plant biology. In this four lecture series, we'll first learn about the structure-function of plants and of plant cells. Then we'll try to understand how plants grow and develop, making such complex structures as flowers. Once we know how plants grow and develop, we'll then delve into understanding photosynthesis - how plants take carbon dioxide from the air and water from soil, and turn this into oxygen for us to breathe and sugars for us to eat. In the last lecture we'll learn about the fascinating, important and controversial science behind genetic engineering in agriculture. If you haven't taken it already, you may also be interested in my other course - What A Plant Knows, which examines how plants see, smell, hear and feel their environment: https://www.coursera.org/learn/plantknows.
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I loved the second part of the course as much as the first one. This is one of the best MOOCs out there. Professor Chamowitz is funny, intriguing and engaging, and it's easy to learn while having fun. You'll learn a lot, but with lots of interesting video material, animations, additional resources and interesting facts. Unlike the first course that's mostly oriented towards plant behavior, this one goes deep into their biology, photosynthesis, cells etc., and I'd never thought I'd be enjoying learning about chloroplasts. After more than 20 years of schooling and after my PhD lectures, I think I finally know how REALLY photosynthesis works. :) All in all, if you're a layman in biology or an expert - this is the course for you. Really a gem.
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