BIO415 Plant Ecophysiology/ ES 2414 Global Change Biology, 15hp


The aim of this advanced course is to give an understanding of how terrestrial plants and their ecosystems respond to, and interact with, environmental conditions. Particular emphasis is put on plant responses and plant-soil-atmosphere interactions in a global environmental change context. The course also provides deepened knowledge on how plants interact with their environment to capture, use and cycle resources such as carbon, water and nutrients.

Examples of questions addressed during the course:

  • What are the main impacts of rising CO2 concentration and climate change on plant physiology and ecosystem processes?
  • Which are the key factors regulating emissions of greenhouse gases from terrestrial ecosystems?
  • How do terrestrial ecosystems affect local, regional and global climate?

The course is divided into a theoretical part (6 weeks) and a practical part (3 weeks). During the theoretical part, the following themes are covered during one week each: (1) Overview, (2) Carbon balance of plants/ecosystems, (3) Nutrient relations of plants /ecosystems, (4) Water relations of plants/ecosystems, and (5) Course synthesis of soil-plant-atmosphere interactions and links to global change. The written exam is conducted at the end of week 6, and the remaining three weeks of the course are devoted to field projects. The official description of the course can be found >> here



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