New Course Announcement!

Oct. 30, 2013

There's a new course in town!

Sign up for Introduction to Crop Biochemistry for Spring 2014. 

HCS 5194: Introduction to Crop Biochemistry 
Instructor: Joshua Blakeslee
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:10 AM-12:30 PM
Room assignment: Kottman 333 (Columbus); Gourley 102 (Wooster)
Pre-requisites: Completion of 1100L or higher or graduate student standing 
Crop form and function is the result of the precise coordination of multiple biochemical processes and metabolic pathways. These processes and pathways respond to external stimuli including light, temperature, and soil quality. An understanding of the basic biochemical mechanisms controlling plant growth and development allows for more precise fertilizer application and more efficient use of supplemental lighting and temperature controls, resulting in increased productivity at the grower level. This course will provide a working knowledge of the biochemical processes responsible for crop growth and development, with a focus on the function of core primary metabolites, enzymatic processes, and how compartmentalization of reactions allows plants to produce a wide array of biomolecules and respond to external stimuli.