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Integrated Centre for Drought Research
Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru 560 065




Teaching philosophy of the Department has evolved over the years to include advanced curriculum in the teaching program. Faculty in the Department has been striving to achieve the excellence in formulating newer course curricula in teaching modules, which has substantially resulted in structural and conceptual changes in the overall curriculum to provide better insight in frontier area of plant sciences.

The Department has been taking lead at the national level in bringing changes course curriculum by adding latest developments in the field. The basic frame work of the diverse courses that demands exposure in the area of the crop physiology has been retained and additional information to provide insights on molecular mechanisms and application of molecular physiology tools have been added. Changes in the course structure brought in the recent years provide adequate insight in modern biology and with a little more modifications in the curricula; it is proposed to rename the Department as Crop Physiology and Molecular Biology.

The Department offers two undergraduate (UG) and 25 postgraduate (MSc and PhD) courses. The postgraduate courses are offered not only to the students majoring in Crop Physiology, but also to students from other Departments. Undergraduate courses on Introductory Crop Physiology, Hands-on training on plant tissue culture and RAWEP are being offered to students of Agriculture.

The PG courses cover a wide spectrum of subjects from cellular and molecular biology to whole plant physiology. The list of the major courses offered is given below.

Courses offered for MSc (Agri.) Crop Physiology

Course title Credit hours
Principles of plant physiology I: cell organelles, water relations and mineral nutrition. 2+1
Principles of plant physiology II: Metabolic processes and growth regulation
 
2+1
Physiological and molecular responses of plants to abiotic stresses
 
2+1
Hormonal regulation of plant growth and development
 
2+1
 Physiology of growth and yield and modeling
 
1+1 
 Morphogenesis, tissue culture and transformation  1+1 
 Plant developmental biology – Physiological and molecular basis
 
 2+0
 Genome organization in higher plants
 
2+0
 Physiology of crop plants-specific case studies
 
 2+0
 Physiological and molecular aspects of photosynthesis – carbon and nitrogen assimilation
 
 1+1
 Physiology of plant nutrition
 
 1+1
 Experimental techniques in plant physiology
 
 0+1
 Physiology of woody plants
 
 2+0
 Physiology of seed growth and development
 
 1+1
 Herbicide physiology
 
 1+1
 Post harvest physiology of fruits and vegetables 
 
 1+1
















































Courses offered for PhD (Crop Physiology)
 

 
Course title
Credit hours
Functional genomics and genes associated with a few physiological processes 2+0
Signal perceptions and transduction and regulation of physiological processes
 
2+0
Molecular approaches for improving physiological traits
 
2+1
Techniques in plant physiology
 
0+2
Climate change and crop growth
 
2+0
Physiological aspects of seed growth and development 
 
1+1
Molecular physiology of nutrient uptake and utilization
 
1+1
Post harvest physiology
 
2+0
Weed physiology and herbicide action
 
1+1
Metabolites and bioprospecting
 
2+0

 

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