Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 3 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 3 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 6 x 3 hour practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 Hours   Practical Report  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment 2 Hours   Resubmission of practical report  40%
Supplementary Assessment 3 Hours   60%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the modules students should

  • have advanced their knowledge and understanding of many of the aspects of plant eco-physiology which were introduced in Module BS13210 and BS13810
  • have an increased awareness of aspects of the biological and social significance of changing climate
  • be able to write-up experiments in the form of a scientific paper.


To introduce the student to the development and application of plant physiological principles to plant growth in natural and agricultural environments. Create an awareness of current and future changes in our environment impacting on plants. Give an insight into the effects of atmospheric pollution on plant growth and development. Provide information on existing legislation and global policy on climate change.


The approach adopted is designed to emphasise the close relationship between the biophysical, physiological and ecological aspects of the adaptation and acclimation of higher plants to aerial and sub-terranean environments. Key themes include the assessment and analysis of plant growth and carbon partitioning, the interactions of internal and external factors in determining photosynthetic efficiency and the seasonal control of growth and development. The concepts of biological stress and strain will be used to discuss plant adaptations and acclimation to a variety of environments and will provide a basis for discussion on limits to plant distribution. Students will then progress to study and assess the consequences for global and national plant life of climate change. The direct and indirect aspects of anthropogenic pollution are discussed in relation to impacts on plant physiological processes and consequences for ecological distribution. Direct aspects of pollution include plant exposure to increased levels of trophospheric ozone, sulphur and nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide while indirect aspects include factors promoting stratospheric ozone depletion, altered precipitation and global climate warming.

The practical projects reinforce and develop themes of the lecture course.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Salisbury, F.B. & Ross, C.W. (1992) Plant physiology Wadsworth. Primo search
Recommended Background


This module is at CQFW Level 5