BIOEB307-23B (HAM)

Advanced Plant Biology

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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Convenor(s)

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: klaus.reiter@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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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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How this paper will be taught

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This paper is taught through lectures and compulsory laboratory practicals (unless absence has been agreed with the Paper Convenor). Details of lecture and lab content are provided in the attached paper timetable. Lectures will occur as live face to face sessions in an allocated room on campus, with notes provided and opportunities for group discussion. Lectures and discussion will be recorded using panopto for those who cannot attend in person. Reading material will be provided during lectures and practicals.

Important note for international students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Required Readings

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Recommended Readings

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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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 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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  • Describe the processes underlying plant uptake and assimilation of mineral nutrients, and the interactions between mineral nutrition and plant responses to other environmental factors
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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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  • Explain how plants are responding to, and influence, global change, including the interacting effects of elevated CO2 and changing climate, ecosystem processes and global food security
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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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  • Measure and describe the physical environment of plants (radiation, temperature, light, water, nutrients)
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  • Undertake research project design, data collection, analysis and written presentation
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
9 Aug 2023
12:00 PM
7.5
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Laboratory Write-ups 1 - 3
Sum of All
18 Aug 2023
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Lab 1
21 Jul 2023
5:00 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Lab 2
4 Aug 2023
5:00 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Lab 3
18 Aug 2023
5:00 PM
-
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Test 2
27 Sep 2023
12:00 PM
7.5
  • In Class: In Lecture
7. Individual Project Report
9 Oct 2023
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Exam
40
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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