Secondary metabolites: Biosynthesis and biological role

Course Information
TitleΔΕΥΤ/ΝΕΙΣ ΜΕΤΑΒ/ΙΤΕΣ ΒΙΟΣΥΝ/ΚΟΙ ΟΔΟΙ ΚΑΙ ΒΙΟΛ.ΡΟΛΟ / Secondary metabolites: Biosynthesis and biological role
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420001739

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours42
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able: 1. To recognize different categories of plant metabolites (structures, regulation and biological role) 2. To understand key concepts involved in plant chemical defence processes and its importance for cultivated and non cultivated plants. 3. To comprehend how plants communicate with other organisms by volatile or no volatile signals. 4. To distinguse different aspects of plant communication with respect to the different life patterns. 5. To be fully informed of the last biotechnological advances regarding natural products of plant origin.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Plant secondery metabolites (terpenoids, phenolics, N containing compounds) biosynthesis and regulation. Bilogical role of plant secondary metabolites, their implication in plant communication with other orghanisms. Secondary metabolites in plant chemical defence (constitutive and induced. Voltile signals in plat communication. Plant secondary metabolite responces to abiotic stresses. Secondary metabolites in cultivated plants. Natural products of plant origin. Methods on isolation and identification of secondary metabololites. Evaluation of plant secondary matabolites activity.
plant volatiles, plant chemical fefence, plant communication, natural products
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
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