This course will not be offered in 2018. Student may enrol in BIOL3125 as a substitution.
This course explores how physiological processes underpin adaptations in plant form and function along environmental gradients and our ability to both predict and manage natural and agricultural systems under changing environmental scenarios. The course will build on the principles learned in BIOL2115 Comparative Physiology to develop a greater depth of understanding of compromises that plants make in balancing resource use and stress tolerance in a variable environment, and how different strategies of stress tolerance become expressed across scales in function from plant parts (roots, stems and leaves), to whole plants, communities and ecosystems. Field and lab work will give students a solid grounding in plant identification and evaluation of physiological traits in an evolutionary and environmental context.
Learning OutcomesOn satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Collect, preserve and identify herbarium specimens in a phylogenetic context.
- Explain how molecular phylogenies can inform studies of evolution of plant form and function
- Recognise how physiological attributes and processes underpin adaptive differentiation of plant structure along environmental gradients
- Describe how physiological processes scale up from the functioning of complex structures such as stems, roots and leaves to whole plants and plant communities
- Clearly articulate how physiological processes affect interactions between plant species and other organisms, particularly the fungi essential for nutrient uptake, in natural and agricultural ecosystems
- Describe how physiological attributes can provide a process-based approach to identifying responses of vegetation to complex environmental change and to developing management tools to address effects of environmental change on natural and agricultural systems .
- Critically analyse experimental data and its variability and present it in appropriate scientific formats.
- Plant collection and descriptions project (15%; LO 1, 2)
- Four practical reports at 10% each (40%; LO 5, 6, 7)
- Mid-term and final theory exams (45%; LO 3, 4, 5, 6)
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WorkloadTwo lectures plus one practical of three hours per week, and a field trip to Kioloa field station over one weekend in August. Non-contact time: plant collection approx 30 hrs; practical reports 2 hrs each.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeIt would also be useful to have taken either BIOL2114 Evolution or BIOL2131 Ecology.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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