date_range Débute le 18 octobre 2015
event_note Se termine le 6 décembre 2015
list 7 séquences
assignment Niveau : Introductif
chat_bubble_outline Langue : Anglais
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En résumé

Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans.

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Le programme

Week 1 - Introduction: 
Why we study plants, plant influence on evolution of the Earth.

Week 2 - 
What a Plant Sees: 
Over view of human vision, plant responses to light, Darwin and phototropism, phytochrome and flowering and modern research.

Week 3 - 
What a Plant Smells: 
Over view of human olfaction, Introduction to the plant cell and membranes, ethylene and fruit ripening, Cuscuta and plants smelling plants, Baldwin's experiments and plant olfactory communication.

Week 4 - What a Plant Feels: 
Over view of human physical sensory mechanisms, Venus fly trap, plant responses to shaking, Do plants hear?

Week 5 - How a Plant Knows Where it is: 
Overview human proprioception, Early experiments in gravitropism, root structure and the gravi-sensing mechanism, phototropism and discovery of auxin, gravitropism in space.

Week 6 - What a Plant Remembers: 
Overview of the human memory, electrical memory and Venus Fly trap, epigenetics and long-term memory.

Week 7 - The Aware Plant: 
Theoretical discussion on the definition of memory and consciousness and a quick examination of "intelligence".

Les intervenants

  • Daniel Chamovitz - Director, Manna Center for Plant Biosciences

Le concepteur

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.

La plateforme

Coursera est une entreprise numérique proposant des formations en ligne ouverte à tous fondée par les professeurs d'informatique Andrew Ng et Daphne Koller de l'université Stanford, située à Mountain View, Californie.

Ce qui la différencie le plus des autres plateformes MOOC, c'est qu'elle travaille qu'avec les meilleures universités et organisations mondiales et diffuse leurs contenus sur le web.

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Le meilleur avis

Es un curso excelente impartido por un profesor que es excepcionalmente profesional y que se nota que ama las plantas, excelente curso acerca de las plantas.

le 1 mars 2018
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le 1 mars 2018

Es un curso excelente impartido por un profesor que es excepcionalmente profesional y que se nota que ama las plantas, excelente curso acerca de las plantas.

le 22 février 2018

I really enjoyed this and learnt a lot. I'm a zoologist currently studying botanical illustration, so this course was a great way to brush up on my botany. I read Prof Chamovitz' book a couple of years ago and liked his style, and this course is similar - very engaging but thorough. Some of the tests, especially the last one, are quite tough but I think that is a good thing, you have to pay attention to the material if you want to pass.

le 17 février 2018

A very en-lighting course. It highlights the complexity of plant life, shows the common origin of life at cellular level, makes through provoking but scientific comparison between human senses and plant environment awareness. I also bought the book "What a plant knows" (in french), I strongly recommend it as a companion of this course.

le 15 février 2018

Very educational! Some conclusions of some experiments I could recollect as detailed as was necessary for the final test. Learned a lot!! Thanks!

le 14 février 2018

The content was extensive, but very brief,unintelligible parts were quizzed. It was often hard to understand my Professor.