lboe2168  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
24.0 h + 12.0 h
Lutts Stanley; Quinet Muriel;
Main themes
The biological and economical importance of the abiotic and biotic environment will be shown in the introductory part. Attention will then be focused on the analysis of mechanisms of establishment, maintenance, termination and functioning of interactions between plants and microorganisms, both mutualistic symbionts and parasites. Examples of well-studied interactions will be used to demonstrate the general principles.We then go into detail about the main effects of abiotic stress factors (water stress, salt stress, extreme temperatures) and toxic minerals (aluminum and heavy metals, atmospheric pollution). The resistance strategies will be explained by accentuating from a cinetic viewpoint the mechanisms of perception of the stress agent, the activations of transduction signals and the expression of genes that are likely to contribute to the establishment of a resistance strategy.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course aims to show how, at the genetical, bichemical and physiological levels, a plant reacts to its environment, by establishing profitable or deleterious relationships with other organisms, especially microorganisms, or by developing restistance mechanisms to abiotic constraints.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Teaching methods
theoretical lectures in auditorium and practical work in greenhouses and in the field
Evaluation methods
Oral exam for the theoretical part and written report for the practical part
Participation in practical work, tutorials and exercises is mandatory and essential to validate the teaching unit. Any unjustified absence entails a penalty on the EU examination which may go as far as the cancellation of the examination mark for the relevant study year (0/20). In the event of repeated and even justified absences, the teacher may propose to the jury to oppose the registration for the EU examination in accordance with article 72 of the EGRR
Other information
Prerequisite: plant biology, plant physiology, biochemistry, genetics
Teaching materials
  • notes de cours disponibles sur moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Biology of Organisms and Ecology

Master [120] in Agricultural Bioengineering

Master [60] in Biology