Course code BOT201

BOT201 Physiology of Plant Production

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .

Course responsible: Marina Azzaroli Bleken
Teachers: Sissel Torre, Knut Asbjørn Solhaug, Anne Kjersti Uhlen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Plant Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Maximum 15 students because of limitation in the laboratory

Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .

Course frequency: Annually. The course will not be given autmn 2014.
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Preferential right:

Bachelor in plant science: B-PV og M-PV, B-BIOL

Course contents:

Analysis and quantitative description of plant growth. Effect of light, temperature and other climatic factors. Phenological and morphological development. Leaf area index, light interception, photosynthesis and net radiation use efficiency. Potential plant growth,evapo-transpiration, water limited and nitrogen limited plant growth. Allocation (root, shoot/leaf, storage organs) and translocation of assimilates to different plant organs through the growing season.

Learning outcome:

The course is intended for students in plantproduction:

Knowledge of how crop and leys plants respond to environmental factors through fundamental physiological processes as photosynthesis, respiration, water balance, changes in morphology and phenological development. Training in integrating this knowledge in order to understand crops growth rhythm, yield, yield index and interaction with other plants. Dynamic growth models will be used as a mean to achieve this integration. Knowledge about how to evaluate the models" performance. Experience about models strength and pitfalls, and of how models can be used to estimate impacts of climate changes and of nitrogen supply. Experience in the quantification of growth processes at field scale, for example with genotypes of varying earliness.

Learning activities:

Theory will be presented in the lectures. In the laboratory course the effects of light quality and of temperature will be demonstrated. Measurement of photosynthesis combined with growth analysis and with dynamic growth modeling will be used to illustrate the importance of climatic factor for plant growth. Field measurements of leaf area index and growth will be used to estimate radiation use efficiency by the canopy. See also Compulsory activities.

Teaching support:



Selected chapters from a few bokks . Additional material and the teachers'overheads will be available on the course web-site at Fronter



Recommended prerequisites:

STAT100 Statistics

Mandatory activity:

Ten laboratory exercises and exercise in the class. Delivering og the laboratory journal and written exercises. Attendance at first lecture. Precise information will be given at the beginning of the course.


Written exam counts 100%. The laboratory journal and a given number of written exercises must be approved before the student has access to the examination

Nominal workload:

150 hours

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:


Type of course:

Altogether 40 teaching hours: 16 lecturers, 14h laboratory exercises, and 10 hours with exercises in the class

The course will no be given autumn 2014. 

An external evaluator will contribute to the appraisal of each examination paper

Allowed examination aids: All types of calculators, all other aids.
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått