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Practical: Environmental stress in plants

Plant physiology in a dynamic environment

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 31 000 SEK
First payment: 31 000 SEK

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This course is aimed at you who are interested in learning more about how plants, cyanobacteria and algae in different environments (sea, land, rivers and lakes) adapt physiologically to changed living conditions (both normally occurring and those caused by man, for example climate change).


The course covers the physiology of plants (land and marine) and their close relatives (cyanobacteria and algae) from the cellular level to the organism level. The focus is on how the environment affects basic physiological processes such as photosynthesis, nutrient uptake and metabolism, reproduction, aging, and programmed cell death. How plants respond to biotic (pathogen and herbivore attack) and abiotic stresses (nutrient limitation, salinity, cold, heat, excess light, high CO2) and related adjustments are included. Laboratory work examines how plants, algae and cyanobacteria respond to various stress factors. The course is highly interactive. In addition to lectures and laboratory work, you will be asked to present selected relevant research articles. Project work / studies in a relevant topic chosen by you and presented for fellow students are also included in the course.

Mandatory attendance is required for group discussions and laboratory sessions as well as project presentations.

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires one of the following options: 1) Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 credits, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed. 2) Approved ES1201, Environmental Sciences: Natural Science, 15 credits, ES1300, Natural Resources Management, 15 credits, ES1305, Pollutants effects and dispersal on Biological Systems, 15 credits, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution 15 credits, and have read and approved at least one of the following four courses: BIO900, Cell Biology, 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits and BIO920, Biodiversity and Systematics, 15 credits. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed 3) Approved courses (MAR101-112+NTH001) within the first and second year of the Bachelor program in Marine science. At least 90 of the 120 credits must be passed.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.


The teaching is mainly conducted in the Natrium building, on Medicinareberget in Gothenburg (Medicinaregatan 7b).