BOT240 Plant Ecophysiology
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Course responsible: Knut Asbjørn Solhaug
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
Limits of class size:
Minimum 5 students. If there are fewer than 5 students, the course can be offered as an independent study.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: 2004V
The main emphasis of the lectures is on the physiological adjustment of the photosynthesis, mineral nutrition and water balance of plants in response to different and varying external conditions. Much emphasis will be placed on the effects of climate change. Experimental laboratory exercises will go more thoroughly into the lectures and parts of the syllabus will be discussed in colloquia.
The student will be given an introduction to the physiological adaptation of plants growing in different places and climates to climatic, eudafic and biotic environmental factors.
By lectures, lab exercises and colloquia the student will achieve a good understanding on how environmental factors influence basic processes such as the photosynthesis, water balance and mineral nutrients of plants.
The student shall by using physiological processes be able to explain ecological problems such as the distribution, production, survival, rest and growth rhythm of plants, as well as the interaction between plants and between plants and other organisms.
The theory will be covered in lectures. The most central/difficult points will be discussed in colloquia. In the laboratory course, the adaptation and sensitivity of plants to various types of stress (for instance frost, UV-radiation, drought) will be demonstrated. Effects of light,temperature and carbon dioxide on plant photosynthesis will be measured.
To a large extent, the teacher will be available for individual supervision.
Lambers et al., 2008, Physiological Plant Ecology, Springer Verlag , second edition.
A final written exam, 3 hours, counts 2/3 of the grade. Laboratory report counts 1/3 of the grade. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Structured lectures: ca. 90 hours. The students" own contributions in the form of preparation for lectures, writing of lab reports and reading for the exam: ca. 210 hours.
Special requirements in Science
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Type of course:
There will be approximately 24 hours of lectures, 24 hours of group study and 40 hours of laboratory work. In addition, students can get individual supervision in, for example, the writing of lab journals.
An external examiner is used to evaluate the written exam. In addition to reading lists, self-produced material will be sent to the examiner as a basis for evaluation. For evaluation of lab journals, examples will be sent to the examiner.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått