Physiological Plant Ecology

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physiological Plant Ecology

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Ecology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module provides an understanding of the processes underlying plant growth and productivity, with emphasis on the physiological basis for interactions between plants and the environment. Topics covered include: growth and development in plants; limits on growth; growth analysis and modelling; the hierarchy of development control; age and growth phase. Chemical regulation of plant growth: the biology and mode of action of plant growth regulators (PGR); regulation of principal stages in the life cycle by endogenous and exogenous PGRs; ecologically active chemicals. Principles and practices of crop nutrition; nutrient uptake and mobility; involvement of symbiotic associations. Water relations in relation to yield; stress physiology of crops including nutrient, drought, water-logging, saline, temperature (high and low); dormancy and survival. Photosynthesis; nutrition and source-sink relationships; plant-atmosphere interactions; canopy structure and influences; shade physiology. Photobiology and other forms of plant-environment interaction/co-ordination: plant phototropism; photo-morphogenesis and photoperiodism: endogenous rhythms, vernalisation.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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