- SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY
- UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
- POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
Cognitive: Familiarity with typical examples of the effects of environmental factors on plant physiology and with the mechanisms employed by plant organisms to respond to the fluctuations of environmental factors.
Affective: Movement from the theory to the reality of application through the identification of possible contaminated areas with heavy metals by the presence of specific plant accumulators.
Skills: Managing rehabilitation problems of contaminated areas. Practicing technical or laboratory skills.
Teaching includes lectures, practical laboratory work in groups, presentation of student homework.
Perception and transduction in respond to changes of environmental factors. Resistance mechanisms. Water deficit and plant tolerance to drought and frost. Effects of salinity on plants and mechanisms of acclimation and tolerance in saline soils. Osmotic adjustment and its role in tolerance to drought and salinity. Flooding and oxygen deficiency. Heat stress and plant acclimation. Oxidative stress. Acid rain and its effects. Alluminium toxicity and tolerance mechanisms. Soil contamination with heavy metals and effects on plants. Mechanisms of metal uptake and plant tolerance. Hyperaccumulation of metals and its ecological significance. Revegetation and rehabilitation of disturbed areas. Environmental factors necessary for the growth of marine phanerogams and effects of their variation.
Effects of heavy metals on plant growth and development. Interaction of heavy metals and macronutrients on plant growth and development. Heavy metal effects on chlorophyll concentration. Effects of heavy metals on photosynthesis. Analysis of plant and soil samples with atomic absorption.
Karabourniotis G. 2003. Plant Stress Physiology. Embryo Press, Athens.
Attending lectures, practical laboratory skills, organization and presentation of lectures by students.
Written examination, reports on laboratory work and students lectures.
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