Course code BIO324

BIO324 Adaptation of Plants to Climate

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Course responsible: Åshild Gunilla Ergon
Teachers: Sissel Torre, Jorunn Elisabeth Olsen, Odd Arne Rognli, Aasmund Bjørnstad
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Climatic factors and distribution of plant species. Effects of climatic factors and climate change on plants: direct effects and physiological responses - temperature, water, light, carbon dioxide, other conditions affected by climate change. Phenotypic plasticity. Genetic flexibilty of plant populations - evolutionary adaptation to climate change. Plant breeding in a climate change context.
Learning outcome:
The course will provide broad knowledge on how plants respond and adapt to climate and other environmental conditions. This includes acclimation (how plants perceive seasonal and other environmental cues and adapt phenotypically) and adaptation in the longer time scales of evolution and breeding. The obtained knowledge will enable students to better understand which effects climatic change may have on natural and man-made ecosystems and global and regional food production, and how we may approach problems and possibilities related to plants and climatic change.
Learning activities:
Lectures. Colloquia were students present and discuss relevant literature.
Teaching support:
Communication through Fronter
Relevant book chapters, review papers, original research papers
Basic knowledge of genetics (BIO120), plant physiology (BOT200)
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
All students must present a paper in the colloquia and attend minimum eight presentations given by other students. Students are expected to take part in a discussion after the presentations.
Final oral exam counts 100%.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2-4 hours per week
External examiner
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / Ikke bestått