Plant Developmental Biology

By Prof. Shri Ram Yadav   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 3101
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
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Biosciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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 

Books and references

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.

Instructor bio

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

Course certificate

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: 24 April 2022 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.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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