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For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form—from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems and flowers to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. This course intends to present an intriguing and scientifically valid look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the sensations they feel. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, we will delve into the inner lives of plants and draw parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. We’ll learn how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the music you’ve been playing for them or if they’re just deaf to the sounds around them. We’ll explore definitions of memory and consciousness as they relate to plants in asking whether we can say that plants might even be aware of their surroundings. This highly interdisciplinary course meshes historical studies with cutting edge modern research and will be relevant to all humans who seek their place in nature. This class has three main goals: 1. To introduce you to basic plant biology by exploring plant senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance). 2. To introduce you to biological research and the scientific method. 3. To get the student to question life in general and what defines us as humans. Once you've taken this course, if you are interested in a more in-depth study of plants, check out my follow-up course, Fundamentals of Plant Biology. In order to receive academic credit for this course you must successfully pass the academic exam on campus. For information on how to register for the academic exam – https://tauonline.tau.ac.il/registration Additionally, you can apply to certain degrees using the grades you received on the courses. Read more on this here – https://go.tau.ac.il/b.a/mooc-acceptance Teachers interested in teaching this course in their class rooms are invited to explore our Academic High school program here – https://tauonline.tau.ac.il/online-highschool...
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Introduction

Welcome to "What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn't know about plants)". If you have not already, please review the Course Syllabus for general information about this course....
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9 个视频(共 45 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
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1.1 Introduction3分钟
1.2 Our Life and Plants7分钟
1.3 Plants and Biology Research3分钟
1.4 Plants and Food Security4分钟
1.5 Major Themes in Plant Biology4分钟
1.6 Scientific Process3分钟
1.7 The Evolution of Plant Structure and Senses6分钟
1.8 Plant Evolution10分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
How to succeed in this course? PDF version5分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Introduction10分钟

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What a Plant Sees?

This week we start a systematic review of a plant's sensory systems by starting with plant responses to light. We will cover an overview of human vision, plant responses to light, Darwin's experiments showing plant responses to light, phototropism, phytochrome and flowering, and modern research on phototropism. In other words, this week we get into more advanced concepts in plant sensory biology. The last module is especially advanced, and will be clearer for those of you with a strong biology background. But do not fret, aside from very basic concepts, this module will NOT be included in the exam (you will not be responsible for understanding the intricacies of the experimental methods, etc.). If you have not already, please review the Course Syllabus for general information about this course....
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7 个视频(共 50 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video7 个视频
2.2 Darwin's Experiment6分钟
2.3 Light and Flowering7分钟
2.4 Phytochrome: A Light-Activated Switch7分钟
2.5 Arabidopsis Blind Mutant8分钟
2.6 What a Plant Sees?5分钟
2.7 Molecular Biology of Plant Vision8分钟
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Week 2 - Suggested Reading30分钟
Quiz1 个练习
What a Plant Sees?16分钟

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What a Plant Smells?

This week we continue our systematic review of a plant's sensory systems by exploring responses to volatile chemicals (in other words, what a plant smells). We start with an overview of the plant cell, briefly review human olfaction (smell), and then explore how fruits know when to ripen. From there we go over three different experiments that explore plant responses to volatile chemicals and start exploring the controversial question, "Do plants communicate with each other?"....
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7 个视频(共 49 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video7 个视频
3.2 Lock and Key Mechanism of a Receptor3分钟
3.3 Ethylene and Fruit Ripening7分钟
3.4 Mechanism of Ethylene Receptor7分钟
3.5 Plant Communication: Example 16分钟
3.6 Plant Communication: Example 26分钟
3.7 Inter and Intra Communication11分钟
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Week 3 - Suggested Reading30分钟
Quiz1 个练习
What a Plant Smells?12分钟

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What a Plant Feels?

This week we continue our systematic review of a plant's sensory systems by exploring responses to tactile stimulation (in other words, what a plant feels). We start with an overview of the mechano-sensory system that differentiates between different tactile stimulations, briefly review the way electricity is used in neural communication, and then explore how the Venus flytrap knows when to close, and what powers the opening and closing of the Mimosa leaves. We'll learn how plants change their structure to cope with windy conditions, and go over some of the rather complex biology that is involved in the genetic response in plants to being touched. I'll let you know what I think of the question, Do plants feel pain? And then we'll try to understand whether plants hear, and if they do, which music they prefer. ...
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10 个视频(共 78 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video10 个视频
4.2 How Does the Venus Trap Know When it has been Touched?7分钟
4.3 Water and the Plant Cell6分钟
4.4 Leaf Movement in Mimosa4分钟
4.5 Thigmomorphogenesis8分钟
4.6 Genes that Respond to Touch4分钟
4.7 Do Plants Feel Pain?3分钟
4.8 The Sound of Music and Plants10分钟
4.9 Plants and Deaf Genes10分钟
4.10 Sound Perception in Plants13分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Week 4 - Suggested Reading30分钟
Quiz1 个练习
What a Plant Feels?10分钟
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创建者 RVDec 13th 2016

Love the clarity of the instructors deliver which is supported by great explanations and most importantly visual aids & demonstrations. Ps... Especially loved the bloopers at the end. Nice treat! :)

创建者 MROct 1st 2016

So far, I'm really enjoying this course. I like the look of it, the professor is engaging and as a layperson I find the content very, very interesting. What a wonderful take on plant biology!

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Professor Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D.

Dean, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences
Director, Manna Center for Plant Biosciences

关于 Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges....

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