Plant Ecophysiology

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plant Ecophysiology

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4 - 5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6 - 7.5
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes

    By the end of this module, students should be able to:use plant growth substances to manipulate plant growth;predict the effects of environmental change on plants with different photosynthetic pathways;compare the roles of various nutrients;understand and evaluate the role that key environmental conditions have on a plant?s physiology and the impact of this on its abundance and distribution;defend their position on the above in discussion or in written format.

    Main Content

    Plant growth and development, including an overview of selected plant hormones.
    Nutrient and mineral assimilation, with emphasis on nitrogen.
    Photosynthesis in C3 plants, with an exploration of alternative pathways.
    Plant mineral nutrition.
    Plant water relations.
    Environmental effects on plant growth and development. Plant stress physiology.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.