Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KEMI6413 Chemotaxonomy & Chemical Ecology of Plants 5 op
Organised by
Person in charge
Juha-Pekka Salminen
Preceding studies
Preceding studies: BSc course in Natural Compound Chemistry is recommended

Learning outcomes

After the course the student knows how secondary metabolites can be detected from different plant species in spring and autumn by both simple and sophisticated chemical methods. He/she knows how this information can be used to explain taxonomic differences between the species, or species’ ability to form defence against insect herbivores or to participate in attractive fall coloration of plants. In addition, the student is able to identify tens of Finnish plant species by their morphological characteristics and gets hands-on knowledge of their most significant groups of secondary metabolites.


The course is divided into two sections: spring and autumn. Both sections include excursions in the Botanical Garden and University campus to identify and collect samples of relevant plant species. In spring the samples are screened for both cuticular and vacuolar metabolite profiles first by rapid eppendorf-scale tests and then in more detail by chromatographic methods assisted by mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS). In autumn the samples are screened for hydrophilic and lipophilic plant pigments (anthocyanins and carotenoids) by both rapid tests and by UPLC-MS. Results from all of the tests are combined during joint meetings and final results are distributed to all course participants by PowerPoint presentations.

Teaching methods

Excursions in the nature, lab practicals and joint meetings

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

Active participation in the excursions in the Botanical Garden and University campus, and in practicals held in the Botanical Garden and the Department of Chemistry are compulsory. Final report in the form of PowerPoint presentation. Web-based examination of plant species identification. No other exam.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year, spring 2017/period 4 and autumn 2018/periods 1-2.

The course is held every second year. It is suitable for chemistry, biology and teacher students interested in combining knowledge of both chemistry and biology by using Finnish plant species as the common platform. Course can have a maximum of 16 students. Registration by 31.3. in Nettiopsu or by e-mail (j-p.salminen@utu.fi). Course schedule is flexible and will be agreed with the particating students separately for spring and autumn sections.

Study materials

Material available in Moodle

Belongs to following study modules

Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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