Evolution of Green Plants
EEB 3220 (3 cr)
EEB 3220W (W, 4 cr)
EEB 5220 (graduate, 3 cr)
Lectures: T/TH 12:30-13:45 in Torrey Life Sciences (TLS) 301
See syllabus below. Most course materials will be available on HuskyCT (beginning sometime Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014).
Instructor Contact Information
Bernard Goffinet Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
office: 300 Pharmacy/Biology Building
voice: +1 860-486-5290
Where are our offices? BioPharmacy building, N end of building touching TLS, around the corner from elevator (Dr. Lewis is on the 2nd floor and Dr. Goffinet on the 3rd). If you come from TLS and go up the stairs, enter floor and take hallway on your left.
Textbook and readings
There is no formal textbook for this course. We will be using newly published books (available as e-books from the Uconn library) as well journal articles. The assigned reading material is considered required reading.
- Watch This: Moss helps chart the conquest of land by plants
- Learn more about the Rhynie Chert at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/rhynie/intro.htm</br>
Note: this is a tentative schedule. See the HuskyCT site for the latest.
|Date||Topic||Reading / Assignment||Prof.|
|T 1/21/14||Course overview & Plants: their importance in past and present ecosystems||Lewis|
|Th 1/23/14||Macroevolutionary tree of green plants||Lewis|
|T 1/28/14||Interpreting phylogenetic trees||Lewis|
|T 2/4/14||Ancestors to land plants; challenges to the transition to land||Lewis|
|Th 2/6/14||Partners in the colonization of land, I||Goffinet|
|T 2/11/14||Partners in the colonization of land, II||Lewis|
|Th 2/13/14||Early land plants: advances and challenges to diversification on land, I||Goffinet|
|T 2/18/14||Early land plants: advances and challenges to diversification on land, II||Goffinet|
|Th 2/20/14||Photosynthesis in earliest land plants||Lewis|
|T 2/25/14||Evolution of the vascular body, I||Goffinet|
|Th 2/27/14||Evolution of the vascular body, II||Goffinet|
|T 3/4/14||Evolution of photosynthetic organs||Goffinet|
|Th 3/6/14||Evolution of stomata and cuticle||Lewis|
|T 3/11/14||Physiological desiccation tolerance||Lewis|
|Th 3/13/14||Midterm exam (through lectures 1-13|
|T 3/18/14||Spring Break|
|Th 3/20/14||Spring Break|
|T 3/25/14||Endospory and heterospory||Lewis|
|Th 3/27/14||Origin of seed plants||Lewis|
|T 4/1/14||Origin of flowers||Goffinet|
|Th 4/3/14||A fundamental developmental toolkit of plants||Goffinet|
|T 4/8/14||Genome evolution in land plants: introduction||Goffinet|
|Th 4/10/14||Diversification of angiosperms||Lewis|
|T 4/15/14||Diversification of grasses and photosynthetic innovations||Lewis|
|Th 4/17/14||Genome evolution in land plants||Attend EEB seminar @ 4PM by Wickett||Goffinet|
|T 4/22/14||Organellar genome evolution||Goffinet|
|Th 4/24/14||The rise and fall of land plant lineages: patterns in the diversification of land plants||Goffinet|
|T 4/29/14||Grad presentations|
|Th 5/1/14||Grad presentations|
- Watch This: movie of bryophyte gametes
"Whitish smoke in the movie are small droplets containing smreps (deliberate misspelling of word for male gametes).
The smreps in the droplets are still un-motile. When touch the
water, they begin to swim. In our experiments, misting with water is
trigger of the explosion. If antheridia were mature, the explosion
begin within few minutes. The event continued about for 10 min.
Intense light for video recording also seems to accelerate the
phenomenon. Each antheridia is deeply sunk in a cavity of
antheridiophore and there is a very small pore on the top of each
cavity. Swollen cells of surrounding tissue might cause the pressure
force. Cavers (1903) and Muggoch & Walton (1942) also discussed about the mechanism, but, I think no one examined about the detail mechanism of the phenomenon.
In Hiroshima, the season of mreps dispersal is Spring (April to May).
In our field observation, we detected many airborne smreps in the
sunny day after rain shower.
I do not have detail data about how many species of liverworts have
airborne mreps. At least, Asian species of Conocephalum (C.
japonicum) do in the same manner." M. Shimamura
Shimamura, M., Yamaguchi, T. & Deguchi, H. 2008. Airborne sperm of Conocephalum conicum (Conocephalaceae). J. Plant Res. 121: 69-71. http://www.springerlink.com/content/fl2105h6428366m3/