Plant Developmental Biology

By Prof. Shri Ram Yadav   |   IIT Roorkee
Plant Developmental Biology encompasses the study of how complex multicellular plants are developed from a single zygotic cell. This course will provide an overview of mechanisms underlying the meristem function during growth and development, cell specification, differentiation and organogenesis in the flowering plants. It also describes the approaches used to study plant development. This course will be highly useful for the students to enhance their knowledge and develop their research interest in the field of developmental biology.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : UG/PG PhD student of Plant science/ Botany/ Biotechnology/ Agriculture
PREREQUISITES  : Basic knowledge of biology
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  : Food based industries

Learners enrolled: 2454


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 14 Sep 2020
End Date : 09 Oct 2020
Exam Date : 20 Dec 2020
Enrollment Ends : 25 Sep 2020
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
  • Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course


    Week 1: Introduction: Life cycle of an angiosperm plant, Plant growth and development, Embryonic and post-embryonic development, Characteristics of plant development 
    Week 2: Molecular Genetics of Plant Development: Generation and characterization of developmental mutants, studying temporal and spatial expression pattern of developmental regulators, Functional genomics, Genetic manipulation of plant for studying development
    Week 3: Root development: Organization and maintenance of root apical meristem, radial patterning during vascular development, Root branching; lateral root development
    Week 4: Shoot development: Organization and maintenance of shoot apical meristem, Organogenesis and organ polarity, Floral transition, Floral organ patterning and determinacy, Cell-to-cell communication during development 


    1. Leyser, O. and Day, S. Mechanisms in plant development. John Wiley & Sons. 2009.
    2. Howell, S.H.Molecular genetics of plant development. Cambridge University Press. 1998.
    3. Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E. Plant Physiology. Sinauer Associates. 2010 5th Eds.
    4. Raven, P.H. Evert, R.F. and Eichhorn, S.E. Biology of plants. Macmillan. 2005 8th Eds.


    Prof. Shri Ram Yadav

    IIT Roorkee
    Prof. Shri Ram Yadav is an Assistant Professor at Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. Dr. Yadav has fifteen years of research experience in the field of plant development biology. He completed his M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Jammu, India and was awarded a gold medal. He earned his PhD at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India and worked on flower development in rice. He did his postdoctoral research at University of Helsinki, Finland to study cell-cell communication during vascular development in Arabidopsis root. Currently his research group is working on adventitious root development and stem cell maintenance using rice and Arabidopsis as model plants. He has contributed significantly in the field of plant development biology and published several research articles in top-tier international journals


    The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    Date and Time of Exams: 20 December 2020 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


    Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
    Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

    Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

    Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

    Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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