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Feng Chen

Professor | Plant Sciences

Specialization: Professor of Plant Functional Genomics

Overview

Research in the Chen group is centered upon integrated functional genomics of plant secondary metabolism. By combining various omics approaches, our first interest is to identify and characterize specific genes and their encoded enzymes for the biosynthesis of specific plant secondary metabolites, especially terpenoids. Our second interest is to elucidate the biological and ecological functions of specific plant secondary metabolites, such as for plant defense or attracting beneficial organisms. The knowledge of secondary metabolite biosynthesis and function holds a great promise for the production of desired crops with novel traits, such as those with better performance against biotic and abiotic stresses, or the crops that produce valuable chemicals. How to translate the basic knowledge of plant secondary metabolism to crop improvement is the third interest of our research.

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

PLSC 330 - Plant Propagation
3 credit hour(s)

Physiology, methodology, and environmental requirements for sexual and asexual plant propagation. Hands-on exploration of lecture concepts via tissue culture, cuttings, layering, grafting, and other techniques.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 210.

Other Instructors: Pulte, Andy

PLSC 511 - Seed Biology and Physiology
1 credit hour(s)

Discussion and readings related to the seed as a biological system: its formation, development, dormancy, germination and viability.
Recommended Background: Course work in plant physiology.
Comment(s): Will be taught Spring semester and then offered Alternate, Even-numbered Years

PLSC 532 - Environmental Plant Ecophysiology
3 credit hour(s)

Physiological and ecological principles of plants and the relation of those principles to plant responses to the environment. Water relations, gas exchange, stress physiology, seed biology, plant competition, plant defense.

Recommended Background: Plant physiology coursework.
Comment(s): Typically offered Fall semester in alternate years that end with an even number.

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112 Plant Biotechnology Building
2505 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Plant Sciences, General, University of Calif Davis, 2000
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Feng Chen

Professor | Plant Sciences
Feng Chen image
112 Plant Biotechnology Building
2505 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561
Education and Training
  • Doctorate, Plant Sciences, General, University of Calif Davis, 2000
Overview

Research in the Chen group is centered upon integrated functional genomics of plant secondary metabolism. By combining various omics approaches, our first interest is to identify and characterize specific genes and their encoded enzymes for the biosynthesis of specific plant secondary metabolites, especially terpenoids. Our second interest is to elucidate the biological and ecological functions of specific plant secondary metabolites, such as for plant defense or attracting beneficial organisms. The knowledge of secondary metabolite biosynthesis and function holds a great promise for the production of desired crops with novel traits, such as those with better performance against biotic and abiotic stresses, or the crops that produce valuable chemicals. How to translate the basic knowledge of plant secondary metabolism to crop improvement is the third interest of our research.

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

PLSC 330 - Plant Propagation
3 credit hour(s)

Physiology, methodology, and environmental requirements for sexual and asexual plant propagation. Hands-on exploration of lecture concepts via tissue culture, cuttings, layering, grafting, and other techniques.

Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture and 1 lab.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 210.

Other Instructors: Pulte, Andy

PLSC 511 - Seed Biology and Physiology
1 credit hour(s)

Discussion and readings related to the seed as a biological system: its formation, development, dormancy, germination and viability.
Recommended Background: Course work in plant physiology.
Comment(s): Will be taught Spring semester and then offered Alternate, Even-numbered Years

PLSC 532 - Environmental Plant Ecophysiology
3 credit hour(s)

Physiological and ecological principles of plants and the relation of those principles to plant responses to the environment. Water relations, gas exchange, stress physiology, seed biology, plant competition, plant defense.

Recommended Background: Plant physiology coursework.
Comment(s): Typically offered Fall semester in alternate years that end with an even number.

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