This course will provide an in-depth understanding of plants grown for food, spices and grains as they relate to humans in terms of disease prevention and health. Plants and their familial characteristics, the metabolic pathways characteristic to specific food types, and their effects on human physiology will be discussed. The topic will be introduced in the context of world food habits, plants as food and hot spots of healthy populations and their food customs.
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By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Have a broad knowledge about plants and their various parts used as food, and their utilization for food around the world.
- Know the evolutionary relationships between plant taxonomical grouping, and its relation to the chemistry of food products.
- Understand the implications of consuming a variety of foods with diverse dietary components and health.
- Develop a basic understanding of how the various dietary components influence human metabolism and help maintain health.
- Develop an understanding of fresh vs processed, and changes in dietary components that may occur during processing.
- World food habits- utilization of plants for food, evolution of plants.
- Super order Magnoliidae- Focus families (Annonaceae, Myristicaceae, Lauraceae, Piperaceae, Peperomiaceae). Plants with medicinal and food qualities. Cultivation, Products, Chemistry, utilization.
- Super Order Caryophyllidae- Focus families (Cactaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Amaranthaceae, Chenopodiaceae). Plants with medicinal and food qualities. Cultivation, Products, Chemistry, utilization.
- Super Order Dillenidae- Focus families (Sterculiaceae, Malvaceae, Bixaceae, Tamaricaceae, Passifloraceae, Cucurbitaceae, Brassicaceae, Moringaceae, Sapotaceae). Plants with medicinal and food qualities. Cultivation, Products, Chemistry, utilization.
- Superorder Rosidae- Focus families (Rosaceae, Papilionaceae, Myrtaceae, Punicaceae, Santalaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Vitaceae, Anacardiaceae, Rutaceae, Apiaceae). Plants with medicinal and food qualities. Cultivation, Products, Chemistry, utilization.
- Super Order Asteridae. Focus families (Solanaceae, Convolvulaceae, Lamiaceae, Rubiaceae, Asteraceae). Plants with medicinal and food qualities. Cultivation, Products, Chemistry, utilization.
- Super Order Commelinidae- Focus families (Poaceae, Bromeliaceae, Musaceae, Zingiberaceae). Plants with medicinal and food qualities. Cultivation, Products, Chemistry, utilization.
In general, a family by family description of the topic will be presented through two lectures/week, each with ~ 75 minutes duration. Emphasis is placed on class discussion, and student interactions.
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test||Contribution to Final Grade||Learning Outcomes assessed|
Term Paper- A topic relevant to use of plants for food with health impacts
1, 2, 4, 5
Mid-term (Take home exam)
2, 3, 4
Final (Take home exam)
3, 4, 5
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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The final examinations are take-home examinations. Students will be required to submit the answers within a specific time based on the degree of difficulty.
Other Course Information:
The term paper should be a concise description of the topic, described in about ten pages, double spaced, including diagrams, figures, tables etc. This should be submitted by 19th February or earlier to provide an early evaluation of performance.
Late submissions will be subjected to a reduction of 5% of the total marks unless academic consideration has been granted.
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- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2182.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
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