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Plant biology and introduction to pharmacognosy

Course Code :1036FBDFAR
Study domain:Pharmaceutical Sciences
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:54.5
Credits:5
Study load (hours):140
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Kris Vissenberg
Luc Pieters
Inge Van Dyck

3. Course contents *

A systematic evolutionary part allows the student to get introduced to the world of plant organisms. An evolution line leads through the algae to the "real" plants, the mosses, the ferns and the seed plants. The Kingdom of fungi and mushrooms will also be briefly discussed. The seed plants receive the most attention because they are the most important suppliers of medicinal substances. The development of the seed plant is explained using the life cycle from 'seed to seed'. Also, the plant characteristics such as photosynthesis and the various hormones and their function are discussed.

Ethnobotany gives an overview of the use of plants from ancient times to the present day. Plant research has led and continues to lead to the discovery of a considerable number of new medicines and provides new knowledge of chemical substances and possible fields of application. Based on dried plant preparations, it is possible to produce natural ingredients that are used for the preparation of plant medicines.