Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID420001043

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Students should have good knowledge of Plant Anatomy and Morphology and basic knowledge of Organic Chemistry and Biology.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able: 1. To understand key concepts involved in crucial plant processes. 2. To realize the relationship between plant morphology and plant function. 3. To comprehend the environmental influence on plant growth and consequently on crop production. 4. To manage, protect and cultivate plants by knowing how a plant actually grows up. 5. To be fully informed of the last biotechnological advances regarding plant function.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Introduction to plant physiology: Phylogenetics, plant classification. 2. Principles of cell physiology, totipotency and applications, homeostatic mechanisms. 3. Photosynthesis: The physical reactions, the role of pigments. 4. Carbon reactions in photosynthesis. Photorespiration. C3, C4, CAM and intermediate photosynthetic cycles (alternative pathways). 5. Ecological aspects of photosynthesis and plant metabolism. Effects of atmospheric CO2 and light. 6. Ecological aspects of photosynthesis and plant metabolism. Effects of water and temperature. 7. Respiration. 8. Nitrogen: Metabolism and nitrogen fixation. 9. Ionic relationships: Mineral nutrition. 10. Water relations: Water potentials, pathways and mechanisms of water movement. 11. Plant development: Plant hormones. Biomolecules with hormonal activity. 12. Tropisms, periodisms, uptake and signal transduction, physiology of senescence. 13. Secondary metabolites: Introductory concepts, role and metabolism. Lab sessions 1. Estimating chlorophyll: Chlorophyll content measurement in situ using a portable chlorophyll-meter. Spectrophotometric determination of leaf chlorophyll a and b. 2.Photosynthesis I: Leaf fluoresence measurements for determining leaf quantum yield (natural conditions and in dark). Fluorescence induction curves. 3.Photosynthesis II: Carbon assimilation. Leaf carbon exchange measurements for determining net photosynthesis. 4.Water relations. Transpiration measurements through stomatal conductance monitoring. 5.Determination of leaf area index of the whole foliage in situ and of individual leaves in the laboratory-plant productivity determination. 6.Plant physiological responses under stress conditions: Determination of chlorophyll content, quantum yield, net photosynthesis, transpiration and leaf area index in plants subjected to salinity and to water stress.
plant physiology, photosynthesis, water relations, plant hormones, nitrogen fixation, secondary metabolism, stress
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Teaching software: powerpoint E-class platform: blackboard
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Written exams at the end of semester (multiple choice).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
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