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David Wm. Reed - Instructor
Horticulture-Forest Science Building, Rm. 408
Cell: 979-777-2750
dwreed@tamu.edu
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.What Is a HORT 604 - Applied Physiology of Horticultural Crops
HORT 604 is a basic course in whole plant physiology and development.  It emphasizes the anatomical and physiological bases of many horticultural principles, practices and techniques.The topics to be covered will be selected from the Topics listed below.

TOPICS


ANATOMY AND MORPHOLOGY

Anatomical Structure ( PDF)

      Organs and Tissue Systems

      Meristems, Meristem Organization and Growth

      Anatomy and Morphology

            Vegetative - Stems, Roots and Leaves

            Reproductive - Flowers, Fruits and Seeds

Anatomical Basis of Adventitious Root/Shoot Formation, Grafting (PDF)

      Origin of Lateral Roots

      Origin of Adventitious Root and Shoot Apices

      Stages of Adventitious Root and Shoot Formation

Anatomical Basis of Plant Chimeras (PDF)

      Apical Organization

      Tunica-corpus and mantle-core

      L-I, L-II and L-III Organization of Leaf and Flower Chimeras

      Considerations in Asexual and Sexual Propagation

 

HORMONAL AND GENETIC MANIPULATION

Hormones and Elicitor Molecules (PDF)

      Auxin, Cytokinin, Ethylene, Gibberellic Acid, Abscisic Acid

      Brassinosteroid, Jasmonic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Polyamines

            Structure, Biosynthesis, Synthetic Forms, and Transport

            Physiological and Developmental Effects

            Practical and Commercial Applications

Genetic Basis of Life

      The Central Dogma and the Genetic Code  (HTML / PDF)

      Transgenic Crops and GMOs in Agriculture (HTML / PDF)

 

SEED GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Seed germination and priming

      Stages of germination

      Methods of Priming

Seed dormancy

      Types

      How overcome

 

VEGETATIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Growth Kinetics (PDF, Example AGR RGR Sigmoidal curve)

      Modeling Growth Rates

      Mathematical Measures and Relationships

Net Assimilation Rate, Leaf Area Ratio & Index, Crop Growth Rate
      Episodic Growth in Temperate Woody Plants

Juvenility

      Anatomical and Morphological Changes

      Approaches to By-pass Juvenile Phase

Dormancy

      Nomenclature

      How Overcome

Pruning and growth manipulation

      Apical Dominance

      Time of Flowering

     

Source-Sink Relations (PDF)

      Translocation and Mobilization

      Hierarchy of Sink Strength

      Episodic Growth in Temperate Woody Ornamental.

 

REPRODUCTIVE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Photoperiodism

      Type plants

      Manipulating photoperiodic plants

Vernalization

      Type plants, mechanism and methods.

 
SENESCENCE AND POST-HARVEST

Source-Sink Relations

      Monocarpic Senescence

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) of fruits and vegetables

      Photosynthesis and Respiration Relations