BIOEB307-19B (HAM)

Advanced Plant Biology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science

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Paper Description

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This paper provides an introduction to the discipline of plant environmental physiology. Participants will gain an understanding of how plants interact with their environment as they grow and reproduce, using examples from both natural vegetation and managed agricultural environments. Emphasis will be placed on the role of plants in ecosystem and global processes, and how plant functioning influences and is affected by global change. Practical work will emphasize laboratory and field techniques for measuring plant performance, including measurement of microclimate, photosynthesis, water use and growth. This course complements Terrestrial Ecology BIOEB303, and will be of particular value to those considering a career or a higher degree in ecology, conservation, or a plant based industry.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures and compulsory laboratory practicals (unless absence has been agreed with the Paper Convenor). Reading material will be given during lectures and practicals.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Measure and describe the physical environment of plants (radiation, temperature, light, water, nutrients)
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  • Explain why water has a central role in plant functioning, and why water is a major limiting factor for plant growth in many ecosystems;
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  • Describe the responses of photosynthesis and plant respiration to environmental factors, and explain their significance for ecosystem scale processes
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  • Describe plant responses to soil fertility, the processes underlying plant uptake and accumulation of mineral nutrients, and the role of plants in biogeochemical cycles
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  • Demonstrate an ability to quantify and explain the determinants of plant growth and productivity, and explain their importance for managed and natural ecosystems
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  • Undertake research project design, data collection, analysis and written presentation
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
26 Jul 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Laboratory Write-ups 1 - 3
2 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
3. Test 2
13 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Individual Project Report
27 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test 3
7 Oct 2019
1:00 PM
5
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6. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Taiz,L. et al. (2018) Plant Physiology and Development. Sixth Edition. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland.

Lambers, H., F.S. Chapin III and T.L. Pons. (2008) Plant Physiological Ecology. Second Edition. Springer, New York.

Jones, H. G. (2013). Plants and Microclimate. Third Edition. Cambridge University Press.

Bloom, A. J. (2010). Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland.

Copies will be available online, on Course Reserve in the Library, and / or in class.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

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Workload

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Lectures: 22 hours, laboratory practicals (including individual projects): 18 hours, self directed study (online tests, assigned reading, report preparation and exam preparation) 110 hours

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Linkages to Other Papers

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BIOEB303, BIOL571
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: BIOEB204 or BIOL223

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL325

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