Course code BOT201

BOT201 Physiology of Plant Production

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Course responsible: Åshild Gunilla Ergon, Åshild Gunilla Ergon
Teachers: Morten Lillemo
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Spring parallel
Course frequency: Every year, in the spring parallell.
First time: 2011H
Course contents:
The subject deals with how different factors affect the yield in plant production. The focus is at the crop level rather than the individual plant level. Light energy, water and nutrition. Photosynthesis, photorespiration and respiration. Growth and Development. Allocation of assimilates. Limiting factors. Product quality. Models that simulate yield development.
Learning outcome:


You can describe qualitative and quantitative relationships determining how light energy, water and nutrition can be transformed to plant products. You can explain how this is controlled by traits and processes in plants, management and other environmental factors.


You can determine the developmental stage of some common agricultural species.

Generell kompetanse:

You have a basic understanding of the relationships between environmental factors, plant development, yield and quality of the harvested product. This enables you to learn more about how management can be optimized, how prediction models for yield and quality function, and how selection for certain traits through plant breeding can result in cultivars with higher yields or a different quality. 

Learning activities:
The subject consists of lectures and practical excercises throughout the semester where the students conduct their own experiment in the greenhouse with measurements of plant development. Lab reports must be submitted and approved.
Teaching support:
Lectures, information about practical excercises, study questions and other information will be available in Canvas.
Hay and Porter 2006. The physiology of crop yield. ISBN-13: 978-14051-0859-1
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Practical excercise. Submission of journal which must be approved.
Lab reports (30%) and oral exam (70%), A-F.
Nominal workload:

125 hours.

Lectures: 16 hours

Practical excercises: 5-10 hours with teacher

Practical work with excercises without teacher, work with journal(s), self study: 100 hours

Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2 hours per week, altogether 20-24 hours.
An external evaluator will approve the exam questions and contribute to the appraisal of examination papers
Examination details: Combined assessment: A - E / F