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Methods of analysis for physiological processes

F Semester
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Associate Professor


Objectives of the course: The primary objective of this course is for students to (1) learn fundamental approaches for experimentally investigating physiological processes, (2) learn the theoretical foundations for the methods used, and (3) understand the applicability of the biochemical methods to realistic situations.

Course contents

PART Α’: Physiology and Biochemistry of plant organisms (17 hours)

  1. Plant nutrition (3 hours)
  2. In vitro plant (Photo)morphogenesis (4 hours)
  3. Development of chromoplasts to chloroplasts (3 hours)
  4. Determination of photosynthetic production of starch (3 hours)
  5. Bioenergetics technologies for recording abiotic stress – Ecophysiological approaches (4 hours)

PART Β’: Animal Physiology (24 hours)

  1. Membrane potential (4 hours)
  2. Transmission of electrical signals in the nervous system (4 hours)
  3. Anatomy of the Central Nervous System (4 hours)
  4. Heart physiology - Electrocardiogram (4 hours)
  5. Respiratory System – Metabolism regulation (4 hours)
  6. Hormonal regulation in situations of anxiety/stress (4 hours)

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