Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAikaterini Karamanoli
Course ID600017446

Programme of Study: Prógramma metaptychiakṓn Spoudṓn Aeiforiká Geōrgiká Systīmata Paragōgīs kai Klimatikī Allagī

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization216

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours52
Class ID
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able: 1. T o understand key concepts involved in crucial plant responses,and signaling when the plant is subjected to various kinds of stresses. 2. To comprehend the influence of stressful environments and climate change on plant growth and on production of cultivated plants and of natural ecosystems. 3. To protect and cultivate plants by knowing how a plant actually reacts to adverse environmental conditions. 5. To be fully informed of the last biotechnological advances regarding plant mechanisms and reactions to stresses
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
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to the course: The question of defining plant stress. Stress categories and mechanisms of plant resistance (avoidance, tolerance). 2. Grouping of stress resistance mechanisms. Similarities in the final response of a plant to different stress categories. 3. Uptake, recognition and stress signal transduction: The role of hormones. Coordinating plant responces to stresses. 4. Plant response to stressful environments at the molecular, cellular and metabolic level (general concepts): Promoters and gene expression. Proteins and other metabolites whose biosynthesis is induced by stressful environments. 5. Oxidation stress as a regulator of plant response to environmental stresses. Origin and types of oxygen reactive species. Antioxidant mechanism (enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant molecules). Oxidation burst and its role in plant resistance. 6. Stress effects and reaction mechanisms per abiotic stressful factor (from the molecular and cellular level to whole plant level). Water deficit, drought. 7. Salinity 8. High temperatures 9. Freezing temperatures 10. Anoxia and/or hypoxia, flooding. 11. Heavy metals, phytoremedation. 12. Environmental pollution (primary and secondary pollutants, plant resistance mechanisms to ozone and SO2, symptoms of cultivated plants due to ozone, SO2, nitrogen oxides, F and PAN). 13. State of the art in researching various biomolecules involved in plant resistance to stresses. Emphasis on ubiquitine, antifreeze and ice nucleating proteins, betaines and betalaines, aquaporins,Ca2+/calmodulin. Crosstalk between biotic and abiotic stresses
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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
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