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Module code:BIOL3002(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Plants, Environment and Climate Change
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Dr Joan Doidy
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3,
Module prerequisites:There are no specific course prerequisites, but interest in plant and environmental biology, together with an understanding of biological and biochemical principles is required. 
Module outline:Topics include: plants and nitrogen availability; drought and plant production; compatible solutes; flooding tolerance; cold and freezing stress; heat stress; photoinhibition and photoprotection; photorespiration and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis; CAM photosynthesis as adaptation to limited water availability; response of plants to elevated CO2; vegetation change and carbon sinks; effect of climate change on senescence and other phenological events; atmospheric pollution and acid rain; gaseous NOx and NHy pollution; ozone pollution. 
Module aims:To show how plants respond to environmental stresses, in particular pollution and stresses associated with climate change (temperature change, drought and elevated CO2). The emphasis will be on biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying adaptive responses. The course will also include project work. 
Module objectives:The students will be expected to understand: - that environmental adaptation works in the context of selection pressure on genes; the gene x environment = phenotype concept. - the differences between avoidance, acclimation and adaptation. - how susceptibility to, or tolerance of stress can explain plant survival and habitat preferences. - why photosynthesis is adapted for light capture and energy transduction, but also why this creates additional problems for plants. - the suitability of different photosynthetic pathways to environmental conditions. - the energy requirements and efficiency of alternative pathways. - the mechanisms of osmotic adjustment in cells. - that metabolites can be produced as a pathological as well as an adaptive response to stress. - why drought and salinity impose similar physiological constraints. - why the regulation of and flux through certain biochemical pathways is important. 
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Module assessment:Essay (2,500 words) 25.00%.
Unseen two hour written examination 55.00%.
Coursework (2,500 words) 20.00%. 
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