Phytochemistry: The science of plant-based compounds

  • Group Copy 5 7 modules
  • 16 hours
  • £399

Course overview

A comprehensive online course designed to explore the chemical processes and compounds that occur in plants. This course will cover the fundamental principles of phytochemistry, delve into the complex structures and functions of plant secondary metabolites, and explore the applications of plant-based compounds in medicine, agriculture, and industry. The course is structured to take students from basic concepts to advanced topics, providing a deep understanding of the subject.

What you’ll learn

  • Introduction to phytochemistry
  • Major classes of plant secondary metabolites
  • Biosynthesis and regulation of phytochemicals
  • Extraction and analysis of phytochemicals
  • Pharmacological and therapeutic applications
  • Ecological and evolutionary perspectives
  • Phytochemistry in research and industry

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you should have acquired the necessary knowledge which will enable you to:

  • Understand the basic principles of phytochemistry and the role of plant-based compounds in nature.
  • Identify and describe the major classes of plant secondary metabolites.
  • Analyse the biosynthesis and functional significance of key phytochemicals.
  • Evaluate the methods used for the extraction, isolation, and characterization of plant compounds.
  • Assess the pharmacological and therapeutic applications of phytochemicals.
  • Discuss the ecological and evolutionary significance of phytochemicals in plant biology.
  • Apply knowledge of phytochemistry in research and industrial contexts.

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