Cytogenetics and Plant Evolution

Course Information
TitleΚΥΤΤΑΡΟΓΕΝΕΤΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΕΞΕΛΙΞΗ / Cytogenetics and Plant Evolution
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000559

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
Learning Outcomes
Students is expected to have a well understanding of Mitosis and Meiosis and their importance in genetic analysis and evolution of the genomes of the cultivated species. To deeply understand the importance of chromosomal mutations and their use in genetic analysis. To obtain a good knowledge of the genetic variability that exists in alien related species and the methods applied in order to use this variability in breeding of the cultivated species.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Genetics & Evolution of cultivated plants. Plant Genome & Mode of Reproduction. Function of autosomes and of sex-chromosomes. Cytogenetic structure and identification of chromosomes. Handling and staining of chromosomes. Microscopy and Flow cytometry. Mitotic cycle (S, G1, G2, M, C-value) and biological role. Movement of chromosomes during mitosis and meiosis. Meiosis & gametogenesis. Mutations and variation in chromosome structure. The role of deletions, duplications, inversions and translocations on the normal function and evolution of organisms. Polyploids, genome analysis and evolution. Haploids in plant breeding. Aneuploids and genetic analysis. Gene location on chromosomes and chromosome arms. Linkage and chromosome mapping. Qualitative & Quantitative traits. Analysis of QTL's. Interspecific and intraspecific hybrids. Alien gene transfer through chromosome manipulation. Parthenogenesis & Cytogenetic basis of apomixis. Molecular cytogenetics (FISH, GISH, In SITU Hybridization).
Mitosis, meiosis, chromosomal mutations, polyploidy, aneuploidy, genetic analysis, gene mapping, interpecific hybrids
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work20
Reading Assigment24
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities12
Written assigments24
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
PLANT CYTOGENETICS Ed. Bass H. & J. Bircher (SPRINGER) 2012 CYTOGENETCS (An Advanced Study) Ed. Gupta P.K (2002) ΕΞΕΛΙΞΗ Αλαχιώτης Σ. Εκδόσεις Λιβάνη 2007
Additional bibliography for study
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