This subject deals with how plants function in relation to changing physical environments and is designed for students interested in plant biology and physiology, including those seeking majors in plant science, agricultural science, landscape management, and environmental science. The practical work includes a six-week research project on topics selected by students and run in small groups of 2-3.
Topics to be covered will include:
coping with environmental extremes and stress;
water use and drought tolerance;
plant defence and plant-animal interactions;
nutrient cycling and nutrient-use efficiency;
hyperaccumulation of toxic metals and phytoremediation.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should have a knowledge of:
plant function and performance in relation to the environment;
plant responses to various biotic and abiotic factors; and
the role of plants in global nutrient and carbon cycling.