After this course, you can:
- describe the basic functioning of plants, using the key definitions and concepts around the topics of water balance, nutrients, photosynthesis, signalling, development, growth, adaptation
- develop plausible and effective hypotheses to study simple plant physiological questions, keeping both theory and practical execution in mind
- plan and organise lab experiments in such a way that they can be performed efficiently
- critically assess experimental results and draw valid conclusions using basal knowledge of plant physiology
- report on your experimental work in an accepted scientific format
The discipline of plant physiology studies and describes the funtioning of plants, with regulatory processes having a central position. The bachelor course Plant Physiology discusses the basic knowledge, concepts and experimental practices of the field and builds further upon the course "Evolutie en Ontwikkelingsbiologie van de Planten" and "Energieconversie in de Cel". Furthermore, first insight will be obtained on the interaction between plants and their environment and genetical and biotechnological aspects of plant science. These topics will be expanded upon in the differentiation courses "Ecofysiologie", "Plant Genome Analysis" and"Biotechnology of Plants" and the master course "Molecular Physiology of Plant Stress Adaptation".
The course consists of theoretical and practical learning activities. The theoretical part includes lectures and tutorials for self-assessment and revisiting of difficult topics. In the lab classes, the newly acquired knowledge will by applied in the designing, planning and execution of experiments. Focus is on the final reporting.