APS 216 Plant, Cell and Environment

Level 2
Semester 2A
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites -
Recommended Requisites APS 119 Comparative Physiology or APS137 Plant Physiology, Reproduction and Growth
Teaching Staff Dr Stephen Rolfe, Dr Lisa Smith, Professor Jurriaan Ton, Dr Christian Voigt
Co-ordinator Dr Stephen Rolfe

Plants differ from many other organisms in that their growth and development is highly tuned to the environment. This course examines how plants respond to diverse environmental factors (focussing on light, water, temperature and disease) integrating developmental, biochemical and physiological studies. We explore the processes that control photomorphogenesis from seed germination through to flowering, responses to extremes of temperature and defence responses to pests and disease.

Aims and Objectives

The unit aims to explore the diverse ways in which plants sense and respond to a range of environmental factors including light,temperature, water, pests and diseases.
This course will:

  • Provide an understanding of how plant growth and development responds to environmental signals.
  • Provide an overview of plant adaptations and survival strategies in a diverse range of ecological environments.

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to:

  • Discuss the role that light and photoreceptors play in controlling plant development
  • Understand how mutagenic approaches can be combined with cell biology and physiology to study plant responses to the environment
  • Discuss how plants respond to extremes of temperature and water availability
  • Discuss how plants perceive and respond to a diverse range of pests and disease.

DELIVERY METHOD: 18 lectures

ASSESSMENT METHOD: 1½ hour examination.  One essay (1 from a choice of 3) and multiple choice questions

FEEDBACK: Students can obtain feedback on their examination performance by arranging a meeting with their personal tutor.

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