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Course BIO-BTE-01A-K-5

Plant Acclimation (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 18 h 72 h
(S) 3.0 CP 18 h 72 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-BTE] Molecular Biotechnology and Systems Biology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


The class will be a combination of lecture and reading course. In the morning, two hours of lecture introduce the different aspects of plant acclimation. Here, we will study different aspects how plant cells acclimate to changing environmental conditions (such as hanges in light intensity/quality and temperature). After each lecture, literature will be provided for the intensive study of the specific aspects. The studies will be summarized in a closing discussion at the end of each day. The last two days are dedicated for literature studies addressing plant acclimation by Systems Biology approaches.

− Schedule and content:

  • Day 1: Introduction into the topic: the challenge of global warming and the concept of the Transregio SFB research consortium “Green Hub” at the TU KL (Jun. Prof. F. Willmund)
  • Day 2: Concepts of homeostasis (Jun.-Prof. T. Mühlhaus)
  • Day 3: Carbohydrate homeostasis (Prof. E. Neuhaus)
  • Day 4: Energy balances during acclimation (Dr. T. Möhlmann)
  • Day 5: Protein homeostasis (Prof. M. Schroda)
  • Day 6: Transcriptional and translational regulation (Jun. Prof. F. Willmund)
  • Day 7: Cell biology (Dr. Scheuring)
  • Day 8: Time for preparation of the seminars
  • Day 9: Student presentations

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Understanding the different levels of plant acclimation to abiotic changes of environmental conditions.

− Background information about an interdisciplinary research consortium, reading and interpreting current research papers and reviews about this topic and discussion of how to address plant acclimation by Systems Biology approaches.

Methodological competence: ---

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects.


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature, and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− improve their knowledge in the field of Plant Physiology, Systems Biology and Plant Biochemistry.

− read and understand specialist English literature (research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, botany, plant physiology

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-BTE-01A-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_Eco-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: Eco
[BIO-LR_MPBiotech-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MPBiotech