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PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY

             
Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Elective 13A802 8th 4 Hrs/Wk  3 Hrs/Wk 5 5,5
Aims:
 
 

The course introduces students to fundamental concepts of plant ecophysiology, i.e. strategies, tactics and adaptive mechanisms of plants grown under ambient, natural conditions. Focus is specifically placed on: the abiotic environment of plants, seed ecophysiology, ecophysiology of photosynthesis, inorganic nutrition and environmental stress, the role of secondary metabolites, aspects of conservation biology (i.e. ecophysiology of endangered plant species) and sexual reproduction. Emphasis is given to the native plants of the Mediterranean ecosystems.

 
Objectives:
 
 

At the end of the course students should: a) Have developed a deep understanding of the importance of Plant Environmental Physiology, b) Have acquired enhanced knowledge on plant functions and processes in the field, c) Be able to develop cogent and critical arguments based on analyzing and assessing relevant data and information, d) Be able to perform, analyze and report on experiments and observations making use of up-to-date technological tools, e) Be able to defend and orally present projects in related topics, f) Have made progress into thinking in a critical and integrative way, g) Have made progress in enhancing both their individual and group work skills, h) Have made steps towards respecting life and natural environment as well as exercising self assessment and criticism.

 
Lectures:
 
 

Teaching comprises the following sections: 1. The natural environment of plants (4 hrs) 2. Seed ecophysiology (16 hrs) 3. Ecophysiology of inorganic nutrition (6 hrs) 4. Ecophysiology of abiotic stress (12 hrs) 5. Ecophysiology of plant secondary metabolism (4 hrs) 6. Plant conservation (4 hrs) 7. Sexual reproduction ecophysiology (6 hrs)

 
Practicals:
 
 

1. Environmental monitoring (temperature, humidity, light). 2. Meteorological data acquisition and processing. 3. Effect of water deficit on seedlings’ development. 4. Effect of pH of nutrient solution on seedling development. 5. Soil seed bank and seed germination. 6. Reproductive biology of pines. 7. Monitoring of threatened plant species. 8. The Universal unit system (SI). 9. Student review projects and oral presentations.

 
Instructors:
 
  Lectures: Costas A. Thanos, Professor of Plant Physiology (Coordinator) - Kyriacos Georghiou, Emeritus Professor of Plant Physiology - Sophia Rhizopoulou, Professor of Plant Ecophysiology - Maria-Sonia Meletiou, Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology - Dr. Maria Doussi, Laboratory Teaching Staff
 
  Practicals: Sophia Rhizopoulou, Professor of Plant Ecophysiology - Maria-Sonia Meletiou, Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology - Dr. Maria Doussi, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. Pinelopi Delipetrou, Laboratory Teaching Staff
 
Notes:
 
  Students are assessed throughout the course by both oral and written reports and exams. The theoretical part and the practicals are marked independently; students need to acquire passing marks for each of them and their relative weight on the final course mark is equal (50% each).
 
Contact:
 
  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Prof. C. Thanos at: Tel: (+30) 210 727 4655; e-mail: cthanos[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr