BIO506 Plant Ecophysiology in a Global Change Perspective, 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.

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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 interactive and includes, in addition to lectures, practical work in the field and in the lab, theoretical modeling exercises, individual presentations and seminars. All parts of the course are compulsory except from the lectures, since the compulsory parts develop the skills and attitudes that are part of the learning outcomes in a way that is not possible through self-study. The course consists of about 10 weeks of full-time study and is divided into two parts: Theory 9 hp and project 6 cr.

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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