BIOL 221 Environmental Physiology of Plants
A study of how plant interaction with surrounding physical, chemical and biological environments influences plant growth, reproduction, and geographic distribution. The course focuses on basic principles of energy and carbon balance, water and nutrient relations, and interactions with other organisms. Students examine evolutionary hypotheses related to plant traits, as well as the ecological ramifications of these traits in different environments. Adaptations in plant physiological ecology in response to environmental stress and human alterations of global-scale processes are also discussed. Laboratories focus on instrumentation and field methods for quantifying plant responses to environmental factors under natural and stressful conditions. Prerequisite: Biol 130 or 131.
(Credit, full course.) McGrath