Plant-Soil Relationships

Course Information
TitleΣχέση Φυτού-Εδαφικού Περιβάλλοντος / Plant-Soil Relationships
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorAthina Pavlatou-Ve
Course ID600018814

Programme of Study: PMS Diacheírisī Edafikṓn, Ydatikṓn, Energeiakṓn Pórōn kai Agrotikoý Perivállontos

Registered students: 15
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course116

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, soil science and plant physiology
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. understand the rhizosphere environment 2. learn how the root system develops under soil stress conditions 3. be able to solve root system problems related to soil stress 4. understand interactions between rhizoplane and soil particles 5. understand the effects of soil mechanical and physical properties on root growth and function 6. appreciate the interactions between the root system and soil properties.
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 an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The soil environment. Development, structure and function of the root system. Soil particle surface, rhizosphere and rhizoplane. Water relationships in the plant-soil system. Simple and combined effects of physical and mechanical soil properties (structure, mechanical impedance, soil water, air and temperature) in root growth and function. Managing soils for better root growth. Root effects on soil properties and the soil environment. Simulation of nutrient flow to the roots. Uptake and accumulation of heavy metals in the root system. Microbial activity in the rhizosphere.
Rhizosphere, rhizoplane, water uptake, biochemical plant-soil interactions, heavy metals, soil microorganisms, mechanical impedance to root growth
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 Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of MS Powerpoint for teaching and uploading the class material on e-learning
Course Organization
Written assigments32
Student Assessment
60%written exams 20% Homework assignments 20% Term project
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εδαφολογία Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Weil (Γενική Επιμέλεια Ελληνικής Εκδόσης κ. Οιχαλιώτης, Δ. Γασπαράτος, Ν. Μισοπολινός)
Additional bibliography for study
Σημειώσεις του μαθήματος Σχέσεις Φυτού και εδαφικού περιβάλλοντος 2015. Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις ΑΠΘ, Θεσσαλονίκη The Rhizosphere. Biochemistry and organic substances at the soil-plant interface R. Pinton, Z. Varanini and P. Nannipieri 2001. by Marcel Dekker, Inc ISBN: 0-8247-0427-4
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