Course: Ecology and Ecophysiology of Plants

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Course title Ecology and Ecophysiology of Plants
Course code KBD/QEER
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 7
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Malíková Lenka, Ing. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Čížková Hana, prof. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
The part dealing with plant ecophysiology is focused on plant adaptations to the main environmental factors, especially to marginal values of water availability and radiation, extreme chemical properties of soils and climate seasonality. The practical laboratory training acquaints the students with the approach to comparative ecophysiological assessment of plants of different genotyes subjected to different levels of selected environmental factors. The students then present and discuss their results on a follow-up seminar. The part dealing with plant ecology encompasses the characteristic of abiotic conditions typical for main terrestrial biomes on the Earth and the plant adaptations to them. Attention is paid to the following biomes: (1) subarctic, arctic and high-mountains, (2) waters and wetlands, (3) the Mediterranean, (4) semi-desetrs and deserts, (5) steppe and savanna, (6) tropical forests. The lectures are followed by a seminar in which students present and discuss adaptations of selected plant species to their natural habitats.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Individual preparation for exam
  • Preparation for exam - 60 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 130 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
To acquaint students with main types of structural (anatomical, morphologic) anf functional (biochemical, physiological) adaptations to unfavourable environmental conditions and to complexes of determining conditions in main biomes on the Earth
The students will acquire a basic overview of mechanisms of plant adaptation to environmenat conditions as related to their structure and of the typical adaptations to the environment of the main biomes on the Earth
Prerequisites
Knowledge of plant anatomy, ecology and genetics corresponding to the accomplished Bc. study programme in Biology or Agriculture

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Individual study of information sources, essay
Recommended literature
  • Crawford R.M.M. Plants at the Margin. Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 9780511754906.
  • Crawford R.M.M. Studies in Plant Survival. Oxford, 1991. ISBN 0632014776.
  • Larcher W. Fyziologická ekologie rostlin. Praha, 1988. ISBN 21-102-88.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter