Applied Plant Psysiology

Course Information
TitleΕΦΗΡΜΟΣΜΕΝΗ ΦΥΣΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΦΥΤΟΥ / Applied Plant Psysiology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000565

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
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 basic knowledge of plant physiology and crop production. Computer literacy for presenting a pertinent assignment.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. realize and understand the effects, at individual plant or crop level, of abiotic factors and how they impact yield and quality of field crops. 2. discern and suggest means of coping with problems stem at crop level. 3. select and utilize physiological "tools" for overcoming problems at crop level in conjuction with other disciplines (eg geneticts).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Photosynthesis, respiration and photorespiration: processes, genetic and environmental influence, carbon balance in plants. 2. Light interception in plant and crop level, radiation and laws that describe it. 3. Water relations: mechanisms of water transport in plants, transpiration, water use efficiency, availability of water and development of field crops. 4. Uptake and retranslocation of nutrients in plants adaptation of plants to nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. 5. Nutrient use efficiency, ways of increasing nutrient efficiency, critical levels of nutrients. 6. Physiological function of nitrogen in plants, N metabolism and productivity, interactions of N and carbon in plants. 7. Mechanisms of symbiotic N-fixation, ustilization by plants. 8. Growth and development of plants, partitioning of photosynthates in plant organs. 9. Phytohormones: function and mechanisms in plants. 10. Source/sink relationships of photosynthates, mechanisms of movement, regulation of movement, influence of biotic and abiotic factors. 11. Growth and development of seeds: growth, source of photosynthates, influence of ecological and genetic factors. 12. and 13. Yield of field crops and yield components, source/sink relations in different groups of field crops (cereals, legumes, sugar beet, forage crops etc.
physiology, field crops, plant functioning and mechanisms
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Teaching powerpoint and internet Laboratory exercises and practice in the field.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment55
Written assigments55
Student Assessment
80% written exams 20% presenation and term paper.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
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