Department of

Plant Biophysics & Biochemistry

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Teaching of the Küpper group (as Department of Plant Biophysics & Biochemistry  and formerly workgroup at Konstanz University)
(discontinued courses are indicated with the respective date)

Target group,
language of the documents / lectures
Description of the
teaching activity

2nd semester
in German

Lectures of the practical course on microscopic plant anatomy (2010-2013, in Konstanz).

Lectures held by myself (lectures of the other parts on homepages of my colleagues):

- Leaves (slides in colour or b/w)

- Leaf specialisations (slides in colour or b/w),

- Meristems & Growth (slides in
colour or b/w)
2nd semester
in German
Lectures on photosynthesis as part of the lecture series introducting to anatomy and physiology of plants ("Einführung in Bau und Funktion der Pflanzen") (2012-2013, in Konstanz):

- Photosynthesis Introduction: colour or b/w

- Light and Pigments: colour or b/w

- Antennae: colour or b/w

- Reaction centres: colour or b/w

- Electron transport: colour or b/w

- Dark reactions: colour or b/w

- Summary and Retrospect: colour or b/w

advanced students
 (5th semsester  BSc,
biology & life science)

in German

Lectures as part of the "Kompaktkurs Pflanzenphysiologie"
(2004-2013, in Konstanz)

- Experiment 3
(slides in colour or bw)

- Plant nutrition I: principles and macronutrients P, S, Ca, K, Mg  (slides in colour or bw)
- Plant nutrition II: Heavy metals Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni and Zn as micronutrients and as toxic elements (slides in colour or bw)

- Biophysics of Photosynthesis (slides in colour or bw)
- Heavy metals as Micronutrients
(slides in colour or bw)
- Heavy metal Toxicity
(slides in colour or bw)
- Nitrogen Fixation and Regulation of photosynthesis for nitrogen fixation
(slides in colour or bw)
advanced students
 (MSc, PhD:
biology, life science, biophysics and biochemistry)

in English

Lectures of the advanced course "Bioinorganic Chemistry and Biophysics of Plants" (2012-continued, in Konstanz and České Budějovice):

- Introduction:
- Basics of coordination chemistry in biological Systems: colour
"Bioinorganic chemistry & Biophysics of Plants": colour
- Biophysics of Photosynthesis as the fundamental process in plants: colour

- Methods for analysing photosynthesis: colour
- Further methods of UV-VIS absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy in vivo and in situ: colour
- Work with metalloproteins: expression, isolation, purification and characterisation by biochemical assays and metalloproteomics: colour
- Chromatographic methods: basics, advanced HPLC methods: colour
- X-ray emission spectroscopy (EDX, PIXE, µXRF)for analysing element distribution in biological samples and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES, EXAFS) for analysing biological metal complexes: colour
- Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPR, NMR) as structural tools: colour

- Trace element nutrition in plants: uptake and transport of transition metals: colour
- Introduction to the essential role of metals in photosynthesis: colour
- From physiology to biochemistry to spectroscopy and protein structure: copper and iron proteins: colour
- Biogeochemical cycles of elements, in particular metals: colour
- Nitrogen fixation and regulation of photosynthesis for nitrogen fixation: colour
- Micronutrients in algae: iodine and iron: colour

- Metal Toxicity: basic principles: colour
- Copper as an essential, but also highly toxic, biologically redox-active metal: colour
- Cadmium as a highly toxic but possibly also beneficial, biologically redox-inert metal: colour

- Arsenic toxicity and speciation in plants, incl. implications for human nutrition: colour

- Principles of metal detoxification in plants: colour

- Biotechnological use of metal accumulation in plants: colour

- Literature searches and scientific writing: colour

pdfs of the lectures of the last year are available on request, pdfs of the lectures of the current semester can be downloaded directly by clicking on the links.

designed by Hendrik Küpper, last modified 25 May 2021