Environmental Plant Physiology

Environmental Plant Physiology links the cellular and biochemical analysis in plant physiology with
whole plant physiology. We seek to understand how physiological processes are integrated to cause whole
plant responses in communities. The subject matter is related to Plant Physiological Ecology and
Environmental Biophysics. The basic concepts and approaches are applicable to all types of plants, from turf
grass to redwood trees, in rainforests or the alpine desert.
The emphasis is on the relationship between environmental parameters (radiation, temperature, water,
nutrients), and their effect on physiological processes (photosynthesis, respiration), and plant responses (leaf
expansion, partitioning of dry mass, water status, and transpiration).

Syllabus & Schedule (2020)

Recorded Lectures (Spring 2020)

Photosynthesis - March 13

Photosynthetic Efficiency - March 18

Water Use Efficiency & Stomatal Control - March 20

Crop Respiration Part 1 - March 25

Crop Respiration Part 2 - March 27

Crop Respiration Part 3 and Phloem Transport - April 1

Plant Water Potential Part 1 - April 3

Plant Water Potential Part 2 - April 8

Lecture - April 10

Salinity and Roots - April 15

Temperature Stress Physiology - April 17

Nitrogen Metabolism and Uptake - April 22